Prof. Rizia Bardhan

Rizia_1Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center
Chemical and Physical Biology Program
Breast Cancer Research Program, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Phone: 615-322-6905


Professor Rizia Bardhan joined Vanderbilt University in Fall 2012. Rizia received a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Westminster College, Fulton, MO. She then moved to Houston, TX to pursue a Ph.D. at Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Naomi Halas. During her graduate work, her research focused on fundamental plasmonics and nanophotonics, and applications of nanostructures in nanomedicine and biosensing. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Rizia spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in developing real-time spectroscopies to measure phase transformations in situ.  

2018    CDMRP Career Development Award
2018    Vanderbilt Engineering Immunity Pilot Award
2017    Vanderbilt University Provost Research Studios Award
2017    Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering High Impact Paper
2016    American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Award
2014    ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
2014    Highlighted by Materials Research Society as “rising star” in Women in Materials Engineering
2013    National Science Foundation BRIGE Award
2012    Forbes, “Top 30 under 30” Rising Stars of Science and Innovation Award
2010    Norman Hackerman Award for Research Excellence
2009    Harry B. Weiser Award for Research Excellence
2005    Robert A. Welch Pre-doctoral Fellowship