Prof. Ardemis Boghossian

Ardemis Boghossian has been appointed Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2007. In 2012, she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Michael S. Strano. Her graduate work focused on applied nanotechnology, where she engineered nanoparticles that interface with light-harvesting, biological constructs to enhance solar energy conversion. She also developed algorithms for quantifying stochastic fluctuations in fluorescence from single-molecule, nanotube-based biosensors.

She continued her research career as a postdoctoral fellow in the Frances H. Arnold laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a protein engineer, applying methods of directed evolution to engineer cells that can electronically interface with electrodes. At EPFL, Professor Boghossian implements a highly interdisciplinary approach to addressing fundamental challenges and developing novel technologies that exploit the synergy between nanotechnology and synthetic biology. Through her focal points in the fields of optoelectronics and protein engineering, she contributes new biological and biochemical methods for the production of durable hybrid nanomaterials for energy and biosensing applications.


Selected Honors & Awards

  • Nanocarbons SES Research Young Investigator Award, 2022
  • European Society of Photobiology (ESP) Young Investigator Award, 2021
  • NanoResearch Young Investigator in NanoEnergy, 2019
  • ERC Starting Grant, 2019
  • Roger Taylor Award, 2016
  • Assistant Professor (AP) Energy Career Grant Award, 2014
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship (top 1%), 2014
  • Making and Designing Materials Engineering Competition (MADMEC) Finalist, 2011
  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, 2009
  • SMART Fellowship (funds declined), 2009
  • NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention, 2009