Imperial College London

Dr Ali K. Yetisen

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Mrs Sarah Payne +44 (0)20 7594 5567




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Dr. Ali K. Yetisen is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. The Yetisen Research Group develops biochemical sensors, optical materials and devices for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, and imaging.



Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor

Imperial College London
2015-2017 Tosteson Fellow Harvard University
2015-2017 Research Associate Massachusetts General Hospital
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Research Scientist Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology
2011-2014 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology University of Cambridge
2008-2010 B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering University of Arizona

2022 Fellowship of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
2021 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
2021 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
2021 FoE Julia Higgins Research Award

2020 EPSRC Healthcare Technologies New Investigator Award
2019 Nicklin Medal, Institution of Chemical Engineers
2018 Humboldt Research Fellowship Award

2018 Carl Friedrich von Siemens Fellowship Award
2018 Birmingham Fellowship

2017 Wellman Center Discovery Award, Harvard University
2016 Tosteson Award, Harvard University
2015 Mentorship Award, Harvard-MIT Health Sci. and Tech.
2014 Honorarium Award, American Chemical Society
2014 Outstanding PhD Thesis, Springer Nature
2013 Early Career Fellowship, University of Cambridge
2012 Roche Continents Award, F. Hoffmann-La Roche
2010 Phi Kappa Phi
2009 Tau Beta Pi
2008 The Ann & Norman Hilberry Scholarship

Our group’s research interests are primarily focused on the development and validation of biochemical sensors and biophotonic devices for application in clinical or point-of-care diagnostics. We conduct research to create novel biosensors devices that can reversibly measure a wide range of biomarkers in biological samples at nano/micromolar sensitivity. The applications of these biochemical sensors are in wearable devices, minimally-invasive sensors with subcutaneous probes, and implantable chips for prolonged biomarker monitoring.

PhD Studentships: 
Our group is seeking to recruit a PhD student to carry out research in the area of artificial intelligence and biochemical sensors. Find out more

Postdoctoral Research Associates: Our group is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate to carry out research in biochemical sensors.



Wu Y, Szymanska M, Hu Y, et al., 2022, Measures of disease activity in glaucoma, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Vol:196, ISSN:0956-5663

Dong J, Yetisen AK, Zhao C, et al., 2021, Single-Shot High-Throughput Phase Imaging with Multibeam Array Interferometric Microscopy, Acs Photonics, Vol:8, Pages:3536-3547

Ruiz-Esparza GU, Wang X, Zhang X, et al., 2021, Nanoengineered Shear-Thinning Hydrogel Barrier for Preventing Postoperative Abdominal Adhesions, Nano-micro Letters, Vol:13, ISSN:2311-6706

Davies S, Hu Y, Jiang N, et al., 2021, Holographic sensors in biotechnology, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:31, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:1-24

Moreddu R, Mahmoodi N, Kassanos P, et al., 2021, Stretchable Nanostructures as Optomechanical Strain Sensors for Ophthalmic Applications, Acs Applied Polymer Materials, Vol:3, ISSN:2637-6105, Pages:5416-5424

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