Deirdre Meldrum


Director, Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation, Biodesign Institute
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Research expertise
Automation in life sciences, micro- and nano technologies, microscale systems, lab-on-a-chip, sensors, live single cell, genomics, ecogenomics, robotics, control systems

Deirdre Meldrum joined the ASU faculty in 2007, as dean of engineering, director of the Center for Ecogenomics in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, and professor of electrical engineering. In her recent role as Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2007-2010, Meldrum transformed the engineering school into an organization fully aligned with the emerging U.S. grand challenges.  She has been engaged nationally in research and education forums with the National Academy of Engineering. Currently, she is the ASU Senior Scientist and director of the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Prior to ASU, she was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington where she founded and directed the UW’s Genomation Laboratory. Dr. Meldrum is PI, director of the NIH Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences, Microscale Life Sciences Center funded for $36 million, August 2001-July 2012. She was a founding senior editor and is now Chair of the Advisory Board for the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering, and was general chair for IEEE’s Conference on Automation Science & Engineering 2007, IEEE BioRobotics Conference in 2008, and National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges Summit in Phoenix in 2010.

Professional preparation
Ph.D., electrical engineering, Stanford University, 1993
M.S., electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985
B.S., civil engineering, University of Washington, 1983

Recognition and awards
Member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006-2008, and 2011-present
Member of the advisory board for external research for Microsoft Research Connections, 2007-present
Distinguished Lecturer IEEE Robotics & Automation Society 2006-2012
Dive in the Alvin submersible off R/V Atlantis to 2200m below sea level at Endeavor Ridge in NE Pacific Ocean August 2007
Elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2004
Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 1996-2001
NIH Special Emphasis Research Career Award 1993-1998

Selected Publications
V. Nandakumar, L. Kelbauskas, K. Hernandez, K. Lintecum, P. Senechal, K. Bussey, P. Davies, R. H. Johnson, D. R. Meldrum, “Isotropic 3D nuclear morphometry of normal, fibrocystic and malignant breast epithelial cells reveals new structural alterations,” PLoS One, vol. 7, issue 1, January 5, 2012.

Xianfeng Zhou, Fengyu Su, Weimin Gao, Yanqing Tian, Cody Youngbull, Roger H. Johnson, Deirdre R. Meldrum. “Triazacryptand-based fluorescent sensors for extracellular and intracellular K+ sensing,” Biomaterials, vol. 32, issue 33, pp. 8574-8583. 8 September 2011 (online), November 2011 (print).

Wandaliz Torres-Garcia, Shashanka Ashili, Laimonas Kelbauskas, Roger H. Johnson, Weiwen Zhang, George C. Runger, Deirdre R. Meldrum, “Statistical framework for multiparameter analysis at the single-cell level,” Molecular BioSystems, 2011.