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Frances S. Ligler

Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University


Frances S. Ligler
Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
NC State University/UNC Chapel Hill Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Frances S. Ligler is the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University and School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an elected member, past chair of the Bioengineering Section, and Councillor of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Prior to joining NC State and UNC Chapel Hill in 2013, she was at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for 27 years, during the last 18 of which she was the USN Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials. She earned a B.S. from Furman University and both a D.Phil. and a D.Sc. from Oxford University. Currently working in the fields of biosensors, tissue-on-chip, and microfluidics, she has also performed research in biochemistry, immunology, and proteomics. She has over 400 full-length publications and patents, which have led to eleven commercial biosensor products and have been cited over 17000 times with H=75 (Google Scholar). She is the winner of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the National Drug Control Policy Technology Transfer Award, the Chemical Society of Washington, D.C. Hillebrand Award, the Navy Merit Award, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Technology Transfer Award, five NRL Edison Awards for Patent of the Year, the Furman University Bell Tower, Distinguished Alumni of the 20th Century, and Carl Kohrt Distinguished Alumni Awards, the U.S. national Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Outstanding Achievement in Science Award, and the 2017 Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry (American Chemical Society). She serves as an Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry and on editorial/advisory boards for Biosensors & Bioelectronics, (MDPI) Sensors, and ACS Sensors. Elected an SPIE Fellow in 2000, a Fellow of AIMBE in 2011, a Fellow of AAAS in 2013, a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors in 2016, and an Honorary Member of the Hellenic Society for Nanotechnology in Health Sciences in 2017, she serves on the organizing committee for the World Biosensors Congress and the permanent steering committee for Europt(r)odes, the European Conference on Optical Sensors. In 2003, she was awarded the Homeland Security Award (Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Field) by the Christopher Columbus Foundation and the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Senior Professional by President Bush. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Senior Professional by President Obama. In 2014 and 2018, she was awarded honorary doctorates from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece and Furman University, respectively. She is a 2017 inductee of the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame, honored for her invention of portable optical biosensors, and was named the North Carolina State University Innovator of the Year for academic year 2017-2018.

All sessions by Frances S. Ligler

  • MondayFebruary 25
  • TuesdayFebruary 26
9:15 AM

Optical Biosensors and Systems Integration: Past, Present and Future

4:15 PM

Panel on Personalized Medicine