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Prof. Rizia Bardhan

Professional Appointments

January 2021 - Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

January 2020 - Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering and the Nanovaccine Institute, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2012 - 2019 - Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TNProf. Bardhan

Contact Information

Office: 5005 ATRB
Phone: 515-294-5138
Email: rbardhan@iastate.edu

Mailing Address

5140 Advanced Teaching Research Bldg.
2213 Pammel Drive
Ames, IA 50011

Biography

Prof. Bardhan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Iowa State University. Prof. Bardhan started her independent career at Vanderbilt University, where she was an Assistant Professor. Her research is focused on the use of gold and lipid-based nanoparticles for molecular imaging and image-guided immunotherapies, light-based therapies, and drug delivery. Prof. Bardhan is also an expert in Raman spectroscopy and its applications in metabolism in various diseases.  

Prof. Bardhan received her B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Westminster College, Fulton, MO, and her Ph.D. at Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Naomi Halas. She completed her postdoctoral work in the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prof. Bardhan has pioneered many discoveries in nanomedicine and biosensing, and her research has been funded through the NIH, CDMRP, DOE, and NSF.  She has also received  multiple awards for her work including the CDMRP Career Development Award, NSF BRIGE award, ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and was named by Forbes Magazine as “Top 30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Science and Innovation”. She was also recognized as one of “40 Women Honorees in 40 Years” by her alma mater, Westminster College. Rizia has published >65 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals including ACS Nano, Chemical Science, Nature Materials, and Science, which has received >9000 citations (google scholar) and an h-index of 36.   

Prof. Bardhan serves as the Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. She also serves a leadership role in AIChE's Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum Executive Board as the Secretary/Treasurer. 

Awards and Leadership Roles

2021 Secretary/Treasurer, Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum Executive Board, AIChE

2020  “40 Women Honorees in 40 Years” Westminster College, Fulton, MO
2020  Highlighted by “Diversity Magazine” for Innovative Research
2019  Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) High Impact Paper

2018    CDMRP Career Development Award
2018    Vanderbilt Engineering Immunity Pilot Award
2017    Vanderbilt University Provost Research Studios Award
2017    VINSE High Impact Paper Award
2016    American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Award
2014    ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
2014    Highlighted by Materials Research Society as “rising star” in Women in Materials Engineering
2013    National Science Foundation BRIGE Award
2012    Forbes, “Top 30 under 30” Rising Stars of Science and Innovation Award
2010    Norman Hackerman Award for Research Excellence
2009    Harry B. Weiser Award for Research Excellence
2005    Robert A. Welch Pre-doctoral Fellowship