Department Faculty

Amy E. Herr

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division, LBNL

308B Stanley Hall
mailcode: 1762
(510) 666-3396
fax: (510) 642-5835

Research Interests

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


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

Major Awards

2014       Fellow, American Institute of Biological & Medical Engineers (AIMBE)

2013-19  Standing Member, NIH Nanotechnology (NANO) Study Section

2013       Board Member, Chemical & Biological Microsystems Society

2012-17  Bakar Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

2012      Young Innovator Award, Analytical Chemistry & CBMS

2012      Ellen Weaver Award, Association for Women in Science (AWIS, NCC)

2012      Outstanding Instructor Award, Bioengineering Honor Society (BioEHS), UC Berkeley

2011-16  CAREER Award, National Science Foundation

2010-15  New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director

2010      Young Investigator in Analytical Chemistry, Eli Lilly & Company

2010-14  Sloan Research Fellow (chemistry), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

2009-11  Young Faculty Award, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

2009-12  Hellman Family Faculty Award, University of California

2008-09  Presidential Chair Faculty Fellow, University of California  

2008      UC Regents' Junior Faculty Fellow, University of California  

2007      Outstanding Mentor Award, Sandia National Laboratories

2007      Lockheed Martin NOVA Award finalist for Individual Technical Excellence (sole Sandia Nominee)

2007      Individual Technical Excellence, Sandia National Labs (1/11 awarded)

2006      Team Technical Excellence, Sandia National Laboratories

1997–00  National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

1997       Bibi Jentoft-Nilsen Memorial Leadership Award, Caltech

1997       Institute 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

2008  National Academies, Keck Futures Initiative

2008  UW & PATH Foundation, Point of Care Diagnostics for Global Health

2007  National Academy of Sciences, Frontiers in Science

Professional Experience

2002-2004  Research Scientist, Biosystems Research, Sandia National Laboratories
2004-2007  Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Biosystems Research, Sandia National Laboratories
2007-now    Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
2007-now    Member, UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering
2007-now    Faculty Affiliate, California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
2008-now    Member, Applied Sciences & Technology Group, University of California, Berkeley
2008-now    Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2008-now    Faculty Affiliate, Berkeley Stem Cell Center

Selected Publications

Please see complete publication record at:

MK Araz, AA Apori, C Salisbury, & AE Herr. "Microfluidic barcode assay for antibody-based confirmatory diagnostics." Lab on a Chip, 2013, 13(19):3910-20

TA Duncombe & AE Herr. "Photopatterned free-standing polyacrylamide gels for microfluidic protein electrophoresis." Lab Chip, 2013, 13(11):2115-23.

AJ Hughes & AE Herr. "Microfluidic Western blotting." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2012, 109(52):21450-5.

K Karns, JM Vogan, Q Qin, S Hickey, MC Hammond & AE Herr. "Microfluidic Screening of Electrophoretic Mobility Shifts Elucidates Riboswitch Binding Function." Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), 2013, 135(8):3136-43

AJ Hughes, RKC Lin, DM Peel, & AE Herr "Microfluidic integration for automated targeted proteomic assays." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2012, 109(16):5972-7.

M He, J Novak, B Julian & AE Herr. "Membrane assisted on-line renaturation for automated microfluidic lectin blotting." Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), 2011, 133(49), 19610-3.

K Karns & AE Herr. "Human tear protein analysis enabled by an alkaline microfluidic homogeneous immunoassay." Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 83(21):8115-22.

SQ Tia, M He, D Kim & AE Herr. "Multi-analyte on-chip native Western blotting." Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 83(9):3581-8.

A Apori & AE Herr. "Homogeneous immunosubtraction integrated with sample preparation is enabled by a microfluidic format." Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 83(7):2691-8.

M He & AE Herr. "Automated microfluidic protein immunoblotting." Nature Protocols, 2010, 5, 1844-56.