Amy Herr
Lester John and Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor
Department of Bioengineering
(510) 666-3396

Research Expertise and Interest

microfluidics, bioanalytical separations, diagnostics, electrokinetic transport, engineering design


A major focus of our lab is engineering innovation for analysis of complex biological systems -- as is required to address questions important to both fundamental biological systems and applied clinical research. We employ a combination of approaches drawn from chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering with strong foundations in biology, materials science, and analytical chemistry.  In essence, we strive to advance the "mathematization" of biology & medicine.  Our research projects span understanding fundamental transport to materials design to applications in life sciences tools and diagnostics.

In Research News

Dee Williams-Ridley, Kirsten MacDonald, Mike Cohen, Amy Herr and Scott Shenker
September 12, 2017

Amy Herr, Scott Shenker, and Mike Cohen are powerhouses at UC Berkeley, and all three are winners of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s Visionary of the Year award.

March 23, 2017

A new study, led by bioengineers at UC Berkeley, has taken an important step in that direction by measuring a panel of cancer proteins in rare, individual tumor cells that float in the blood.

Markita del Carpio Landry and Michel Maharbiz
February 8, 2017

Thirteen UC Berkeley faculty have been chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached.

Amy Herr and Kelly Gardner
January 17, 2017

UC Berkeley is known as No. 1 for producing serial entrepreneurs, and that fearless ethos doesn’t drive only our students. It also drives our faculty, says Amy Herr, the new faculty director of the Bakar Fellows Program.

December 13, 2016

Three UC Berkeley faculty members and entrepreneurs have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Wei Gao
August 23, 2016

Introducing this year’s top innovators under 35, a list compiled each year by MIT Technology Review.

September 18, 2015

Four UC Berkeley engineering professors took part in the World Economic Forum’s ninth Annual Meeting of the New Champions, a global conference on innovation, science and technology held last week in Dalian, China. Ab

Amy Herr UC Berkeley
April 1, 2013

Lab tests that detect prostate cancer can’t reveal if the cancer poses a real risk. It looks for elevated levels of a protein called PSA, but about 80 percent of cancers that generate high PSA levels grow so slowly and may never need treatment. New research by Amy Herr points the way to a much more refined assessment of proteins and the promise of better diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases. 

July 19, 2012

In its first year, the initiative will give research innovations by six early-career UC Berkeley faculty members — including technologies to move prosthetic limbs with the power of thought and to control Argentine ants using their own pheromones — a significant boost from the lab to the market.

September 30, 2010

Three UC Berkeley faculty members - Diana Bautista, Amy Herr and Donald Rio - have been singled out as innovators by the National Institutes of Health and will receive special grants designed to fund "transformative research" that could lead to major advances in medical science.

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