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Andrea Armani, PhD

Division: neurophotonics

Fluor Early Career Chair of Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry

Research Interests:

The over-arching mission of Prof. Armani’s research is to leverage light as a way to study and to understand biological systems with relevance to medical challenges. This focus takes many different directions, including designing and synthesizing new light-emitting and switchable materials and devices as well as inventing new diagnostic instruments. Currently, we are pursuing the development of several portable diagnostic and prognostic instruments for different diseases (malaria, cancer, and traumatic tissue injury including neuro) based on these principles as well as the designing and synthesizing responsive imaging probes for smart microscopy. In all projects, we design for translation and begin collaborations with medical school partners early to minimize late-in-project re-designs.


Andrea Armani is an Associate Professor of chemical engineering and materials science with courtesy appointments in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering as well as chemistry. She is also the Director of the Northrop Grumman-Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics. She completed her graduate work and postdoc at the California Institute of Technology in applied physics and in biology and chemical engineering, respectively. She is a member of AAAS, and a senior member of IEEE, OSA, SPIE, and AIChE. Prof. Armani has received several awards for research and mentoring, including the ONR Young Investigator Award, NIH New Innovator Award, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The translational impact of her research on broader society and her thought leadership has been recognized by her being named a Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35, Popular Science's Brilliant 10, and World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader.

List of Publications:


  • PhD, Applied Physics, minor in Biology, California Institute of Technology, 2007.
  • BA, Physics, University of Chicago, 2001.

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