AES Mid Career Award

2016 Recipient, Amy E. Herr, UC Berkeley 

Amy E. Herr is the Lester John & Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Herr joined UC Berkeley as Assistant Professor of Bioengineering in 2007, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012, and promoted to Full Professor in 2015. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was a staff member in the Biosystems Research Group at Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA; 2002-2007). She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford with Profs. Tom Kenny & Juan Santiago as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, an MS in Mechanical Engineering also from Stanford, and a BS in Engineering & Applied Science from Caltech.

Professor Herr is an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Board Member of the Chemical & Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS) which oversees the microTAS conferences, is a standing member of the NIH Nanotechnology Study Section, and is an Advisory Board Member for the UCSF Rosenman Institute and the journals Analytical Chemistry and ACS Sensors. She has served as a Co-Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Single Cell Analysis summer course (2015 & 2016), both Chair (2009) and Vice-chair (2007) of the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics. She is faculty advisor to the UC Berkeley chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Graduate Women in Engineering (GWE).

Professor Herr’s research has been recognized by: the 2015 Georges Guiochon Faculty Fellow from HPLC, the 2012 Young Innovator Award from Analytical Chemistry/CBMS, the 2012 Ellen Weaver Award from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS, for mentoring), a 2011 NSF CAREER award, a 2010 NIH New Innovator Award, a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in chemistry, a 2010 New Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry from Eli Lilly & Co., a 2009 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, a 2009 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award from UC Berkeley, a 2008 Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship from the University of California. Professor Herr has also been recognized by the 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award in Bioengineering (Bioengineering Honor Society student vote) and a 2007 Outstanding Mentor Award from Sandia National Laboratories.

Nominations for the 2017 award are due to to the AES Awards Committee Chair by November 15th, 2016.

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Criteria for Award

This award is given for exceptional contributions to the field of electrophoresis, microfluidics, and related areas by an individual who is currently in the middle of their career.


One award is presented every year at the SCIX Meeting.


The recipient of the award will receive a plaque, complementary conference registration, a one year membership in AES, and give the plenary talk at the award session.


Self-nominations are discouraged.

  • Nominators must be AES members at the time of nomination.
  • Nominees in academia must have been promoted to a tenured/associate professor rank or equivalent within the last 10 years
  • Nominees working in government or industry must be between 10 and 20 years away from their terminal degree

Nominator must supply:

  • Their own name and contact details
  • The nominee's name and contact details
  • A one page supporting statement 500 words or less
  • A one page CV for the candidate which should include website URL, summary of education and career, a list of relevant publications and patents.

Previous Awardees
2015 Adam T. Woolley - Interview with Adam Woolley by LC/GC Magazine
2014 Kevin Dorfman - Interview with Kevin Dorfman by Spectroscopy Magazine
2013  Todd Squires