Imperial College London

Dr Ali K. Yetisen

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Ms Sevgi Thompson +44 (0)20 7594 1478




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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 optical materials and devices for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, and imaging.


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

2020 EPSRC 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 biophotonic medical devices and sensors for application in clinical or point-of-care diagnostics. We conduct research to create novel materials and photonics devices that can reversibly sense a wide range of biomarkers in biological samples at nano/micromolar sensitivity. The applications of these biophotonic technologies 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 chemical sensors. Find out more

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



Ali M, Elsherif M, Salih AE, et al., 2020, Surface modification and cytotoxicity of Mg-based bio-alloys: An overview of recent advances, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol:825, ISSN:0925-8388

Hendi A, Hassan MU, Elsherif M, et al., Healthcare Applications of pH-Sensitive Hydrogels Based Devices: A Review, International Journal of Nanomedicine, ISSN:1176-9114

Dong J, Wang S, Yetisen AK, et al., 2020, Shear-unlimited common-path speckle interferometer., Opt Lett, Vol:45, Pages:1305-1308

Jiang N, Muck JE, Yetisen AK, 2020, The Regulation of Wearable Medical Devices, Trends in Biotechnology, Vol:38, ISSN:0167-7799, Pages:129-133

Kurz W, Yetisen AK, Kaito MV, et al., 2020, UV-Sensitive Wearable Devices for Colorimetric Monitoring of UV Exposure, Advanced Optical Materials, ISSN:2195-1071

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