About Kiana Aran
Kiana Aran is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Keck Graduate Institute, a member of the Claremont Colleges, and a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Cardea Bio with the mission of integrating biology into modern electronics. She also serves as a Consultant of Drug Delivery and Medical Diagnostics for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the City University of New York and her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University in 2012. She then continued her postdoctoral studies in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral training fellowship at the Buck Institute for Aging Research in 2015. Her research efforts focus on designing novel biosensing platforms, using 2D nanomaterials, for early disease diagnosis as well as utilizing biology as tech elements for a variety of biosensing applications and commercialization of these platforms. In addition to biosensing, she combines various engineering modules to develop tools to better understand the process of aging. Her research efforts have been recognized by many awards in science and STEM including the Clinical OMICs 10 under 40 Award and the Athena Pinnacle Award. Aran was also the recipient of the NSF Career Award to develop the next generation of electronic sensors.