Imperial College London

Dr Ali K. Yetisen

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 5562a.yetisen Website




Ms Sevgi Thompson +44 (0)20 7594 1478




507ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Ali K. Yetisen is a Senior Lecturer (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.


2018- Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) Imperial College London
2015-2017 Tosteson Fellow Harvard University
2011-2014 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology University of Cambridge

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 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.



Jiang N, Davies S, Jiao Y, et al., 2021, Doubly Photopolymerized Holographic Sensors., Acs Sens, Vol:6, Pages:915-924

Salih AE, Elsherif M, Alam F, et al., 2021, Gold Nanocomposite Contact Lenses for Color Blindness Management., Acs Nano, Vol:15, Pages:4870-4880

Bilirgen AC, Toker M, Odabas S, et al., 2021, Plant-Based Scaffolds in Tissue Engineering., Acs Biomater Sci Eng, Vol:7, Pages:926-938

AlQattan B, Doocey J, Ali M, et al., 2021, Direct Printing of Nanostructured Holograms on Consumable Substrates, Acs Nano, Vol:15, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:2340-2349

Dong X, Li H, Jiang Z, et al., 2021, 3D Deep Learning Enables Accurate Layer Mapping of 2D Materials, Acs Nano, Vol:15, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:3139-3151

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