Amy Herr honored with the 2016 Mid-Career Achievement Award of the AES Electrophoresis Society

Amy Herr, the Lester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkeley, has been honored with the Mid-career Achievement Award by the AES Electrophoresis Society. The award will be presented during the SCIX 2016/ITP joint meeting in Minneapolis, MN in September 2016. Besides the lecture delivered by Dr. Herr, a session will be held in her honor. Participating speakers include Hang Lu from Georgia Tech, Anup Singh from Sandia National Laboratories, Brian Kirby from Cornell University, Nancy Allbritton from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University and Joshua Molho from ProteinSimple.

The Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the fields of electrophoresis, electrokinetics and related areas; and are currently in the middle of their academic or professional career. The governing board of the society elected Amy “for her contributions in the development of microfluidic technology for the rapid, analytical-grade quantitation of small sample volumes and to automate the validation of protein biomarkers”. Previous winners of this award include Adam T. Woolley, Kevin Dorfman and Todd Squires.

Prof. Herr Amy has made significant contributions to electrophoretic research in multiple areas since she began as a mechanical engineering graduate student at Stanford. After completing her PhD, Amy accepted a research scientist position at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, California. In 2007, she moved to academia, joining the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkeley, where she now works as the Lester John and Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor. Amy’s research accomplishments have primarily centered around three areas. First, she has combined microfluidics with two-dimensional electrophoresis and mass spectrometry to achieve rapid and quantitative assessment of protein expression. Second, she has developed new technology for validating promising protein biomarkers in an automated way. Finally, Amy has developed electrophoretic microfluidic platforms for rapid, analytical-grade quantitation of small sample volumes. She is an author of a number of landmark publications on these topics. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Young Faculty Award from DARPA in 2009, the New Innovator Award from NIH in 2010 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2011. Amy has also helped organize several conferences including the AES annual meeting and the Gordon Research Conference on the Physics of Microfluidics. She continues to serve as a mentor and role model for many young investigators who are following in her footsteps.

“Since the beginning of her career, Dr. Herr has emerged as a leader in the area of small-scale electrically driven analysis, especially for biomarker detection.  Her highly productive career has included numerous ground-breaking publications and this Mid-Career Award is a recognition of her valuable work in the field of electrically driven phenomena.  In addition to her outstanding research, Dr. Herr has also found time to mentor students by serving as a 2015 leader at the AES Electrophoresis Society annual meeting’s Lunch with Leaders event as well as providing service to the organization through co-chairing a meeting and being a plenary speaker. ” said Christa Hestekin, president of AES 2015-2017.