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Engineering | School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Deirdre MeldrumDeirdre Meldrum

Distinguished Professor of Biosignatures Discovery

(480) 727-9397

BDA A 110B

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ASU Faculty Since: 2007

Expertise: Automation in life sciences, automation, micro- and nanotechnologies, microscale systems, lab-on-achip, 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. Currently, she is ASU Senior Scientist and the 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. Meldrum is PI, director of the NIH Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences, Microscale Life Sciences Center funded for $36 million, August 2001-July 2013. She was a founding editor 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 Grand Challenges Summit in Phoenix in 2010.

Honors and distinctions:

Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2015; 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; Member, National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research, 2006-2008 and 2011-2014; Distinguished Lecturer IEEE Robotics & Automation Society 2006-2009; Dive in the Alvin submersible off R/V Atlantis to 2200m below sea level at Endeavor Ridge in NE Pacific Ocean August 2007.

Selected publications

Xiangxing Kong, Fengyu Su, Liqiang Zhang, Jordan Yaron, Fred Lee, Zhengwei Shi, Yanqing Tian, and Deirdre R. Meldrum, “A Highly Selective Mitochondria-Targeting Fluorescent K+ Sensor,” Angewandte Chemie. 2015;127.

Xu Shi; Chun-Hong Chen; Weimin Gao; Shih-Hui Chao; Deirdre R. Meldrum, “Parallel RNA extraction using magnetic beads and a droplet array,” Lab on a Chip – Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology. 2015;15(4):1059-1065

Taraka Sai Pavan Grandhi; Thrimoorthy Potta; David J. Taylor; Yanqing Tian; Roger H. Johnson; Deirdre R. Meldrum; Kaushal Rege, “Sensitizing cancer cells to TRAIL-induced death by micellar delivery of mitoxantrone,” Nanomedicine. 2014;9(12):1774-1788

Liqiang Zhang; Fengyu Su; Sean Buizer; Xiangxing Kong; Fred Lee; Kevin Day; Yanqing Tian; Deirdre R. Meldrum, “A polymer-based ratiometric intracellular glucose sensor,” Chemical Communications. 2014;50(52):6920-6922.

Jia Zeng; Aida Mohammadreza; Weimin Gao; Saeed Merza; Dean Smith; Laimonas Kelbauskas; Deirdre R. Meldrum, “A minimally invasive method for retrieving single adherent cells of different types from cultures,” Scientific Reports. 2014;4.

Bo Wang, Shawn Pugh, David R.Nielsen, Weiwen Zhang, Deirdre R.Meldrum, “Engineering cyanobacteria for photosynthetic production of 3-hydroxybutyrate directly from CO2,” Metabolic Engineering, vol. 16, pp. 68–77, 16 January 2013 (online), March 2013 (print).

David B. Agus, …, Deirdre R. Meldrum, et al., the PS-OC cell-line project team and the PS-OC network, “A physical sciences network characterization of nonmalignant and metastatic cells,” Scientific Reports, 3:1449, 12 pages, 26 April, 2013. (doi:10.1038/srep01449).