Rizia Bardhan, PhD

email: rbardhan@iastate.edu

phone: 515-294-5138


Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Iowa State University


5005 ATRB 2213 Pammel Drive Ames, IA 50011-1101



B.A. Mathematics and Chemistry, Westminster College, Fulton MO, 2005
Ph.D. Chemistry, Rice University, 2010

Research interest: We design nanomaterials that interact with light and display unique properties. These nanomaterials can be activated with various stimuli such as light, heat, pH etc. and their properties can be leveraged for bioimaging and therapies across many disease models including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and infection.

Research terms: blood brain barrier, advanced biomaterials, cancer, mucosal drug delivery, nanoparticles, nanophotonics, organoids, therapeutics, diagnostics, imaging

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Current projects:

  • Immunoimaging and response to immunotherapies
  • Metabolic imaging with Raman spectroscopy
  • Combinatorial treatments in tumor models and beyond
  • Point-of-care biodiagnostics