Rizia Bardhan, PhD

Associate Professor
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Iowa State University
5005 ATRB
2213 Pammel Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1101


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.

Our current research projects involve:

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


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