Department Faculty

Amy E. Herr
Lester John and Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor, Bioengineering
Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division, LBNL

308B Stanley Hall
mailcode: 1762
(510) 666-3396

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Research Interests

Use of scale-dependent phenomena to innovate tools for quantifying biomolecules in complex biological fluids. Applications include clinical diagnostics + biomarker validation.


2002Ph.D., Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering
1999M.S., Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering
1997B.S., California Institute of Technology, Engineering & Applied Science (Honors)

Major Awards

2014Fellow, American Institute of Biological & Medical Engineers (AIMBE)
2013-19Standing Member, NIH Nanotechnology (NANO) Study Section
2013Board Member, Chemical & Biological Microsystems Society
2012-17Bakar Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
2012Young Innovator Award, Analytical Chemistry & CBMS
2012Ellen Weaver Award, Association for Women in Science (AWIS, NCC)
2012 Outstanding Instructor Award, Bioengineering Honor Society (BioEHS), UC Berkeley
2011-16CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2010-15New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director
2010Young Investigator in Analytical Chemistry, Eli Lilly & Company
2010-14Sloan Research Fellow (chemistry), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
2009-11Young Faculty Award, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
2009-12Hellman Family Faculty Award, University of California
2008-09Presidential Chair Faculty Fellow, University of California
2008UC Regents' Junior Faculty Fellow, University of California
2007Outstanding Mentor Award, Sandia National Laboratories
2007Lockheed Martin NOVA Award finalist for Individual Technical Excellence (sole Sandia Nominee)
2007Individual Technical Excellence, Sandia National Labs (1/11 awarded)
2006Team Technical Excellence, Sandia National Laboratories
1997-00National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
1997Bibi Jentoft-Nilsen Memorial Leadership Award, Caltech
1997Institute for the Adv. of Engineering, College of Fellows: Outstanding Engineering Student, Caltech
Invited Workshops/Symposia
2014 1st Brazil-US Frontiers of Science and Engineering Symposium
2008National Academies, Keck Futures Initiative
2008 UW & PATH Foundation, Point of Care Diagnostics for Global Health
2007National Academy of Sciences, Frontiers in Science

Professional Experience

2002-2004Research Scientist, Biosystems Research, Sandia National Laboratories
2004-2007Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Biosystems Research, Sandia National Laboratories
2007-2012Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
2007-nowMember, UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering
2007-nowFaculty Affiliate, California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
2008-nowMember, Applied Sciences & Technology Group, University of California, Berkeley
2008-nowFaculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2008-nowFaculty Affiliate, Berkeley Stem Cell Center
2012-2015Associate Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
2014Chair (Acting), UC Berkeley/UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering
2015-nowProfessor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
2014-nowLester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor