Curriculum Vitae
Full Name Ester Caffarel-Salvador
Position / Job Title Research Affiliate
Affiliation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ester Caffarel-Salvador obtained a double degree on Biotechnology and Biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2009.

In 2014, she completed her PhD thesis on hydrogel-forming microneedles for transdermal therapeutic drug monitoring in the laboratory of Professor Ryan Donnelly at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).

For her post-doctoral research, while still at QUB, Dr. Caffarel-Salvador collaborated with world leading companies (L’ÓREAL, Lohmann Therapy Systems) in developing microneedles for transdermal drug delivery applications.

In November 2015, Dr. Caffarel-Salvador joined the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she focused on the development of the next-generation drug delivery devices for the oral delivery of biologics in collaboration with Novo Nordisk. In addition, Dr. Caffarel-Salvador conducted a human study with 100 participants to test the perception of a microneedle patch designed to deliver medicines to the buccal cavity. Her work at MIT resulted in several full international patents, and publications in high impact journals including Science and Nature Medicine.

After leading scientific strategy and business development at a small startup for a few months; last December, Dr. Caffarel-Salvador joined LEO Pharma’s Science & Tech Hub in Boston. At LEO, she is part of the Regenerative Medicine department where she is exploring cutting-edge platforms with potential in dermatological rare diseases, while maintaining her Research affiliation with the Langer lab at MIT.

Dr. Caffarel-Salvador is a mentor at various programs at MIT -including IMPACT, Rising Stars and the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund- and at the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation. She also acts as the scientific advisor and business development consultant for various international startups in the biotech space.

Dr. Caffarel-Salvador was honored as an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2019.