Imperial College London

Dr Ali K. Yetisen

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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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 Centre for Biochemical Sensors 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 ECOR Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Research Scientist Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology
2011-2014 PhD in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology) University of Cambridge
2008-2010 BSc in Mechanical Engineering University of Arizona

2023 Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Engineers
2023 Sigma Xi
2023 Master of Education (MEd)
2022 Fellowship of the Inst of Engineering & Technology (FIET)
2022 Fellowship of the Inst of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE)
2022 Fellowship of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
2022 Fellowship of the Inst of Mater, Minerals & Mining (FIMMM)
2022 European Engineer (EUR ING)
2022 Chartered Scientist (CSci)
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

Dr Yetisen’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. The Centre for Biochemical Sensors conducts 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:
The Centre for Biochemical Sensors is seeking to recruit a PhD student to carry out research in the area of biochemical sensors and artificial intelligence. Find out more

Postdoctoral Research Associates: The Centre for Biochemical Sensors is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate to carry out research in optical biosensors.



Chatzilakou E, Hu Y, Jiang N, et al., 2024, Biosensors for melanoma skin cancer diagnostics., Biosens Bioelectron, Vol:250

Shi Y, Wang L, Hu Y, et al., 2024, Contact lens sensor for ocular inflammation monitoring., Biosens Bioelectron, Vol:249

Hu Y, Chatzilakou E, Pan Z, et al., 2024, Microneedle sensors for point-of-care diagnostics, Advanced Science, Vol:11, ISSN:2198-3844

Elsherif M, Salih AE, Alam F, et al., 2024, Plasmonic Contact Lenses Based on Silver Nanoparticles for Blue Light Protection., Acs Appl Nano Mater, Vol:7, Pages:5956-5966

Gao S, Xiong J, Yetisen AK, et al., 2024, Vector Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy Based on a 3-in-1 Phase Mask through a Dynamic Diffractive Optical Element, Acs Photonics, Vol:11, Pages:276-285

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