Catherine M. Klapperich, PhD


Associate Dean for Research and Technology Development

Associate Dean for Research and Technology Development

  • Primary Appointment Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Education Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
    S.M., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
  • Additional Affiliations Professor, (ME, MSE)
    Director, Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care
  • Honors and Awards 2014 Elected AIMBE Fellow
    2014 -2019 Inaugural Dorf-Ebner Faculty Fellow
    2010-2014 Kern Family Foundation Faculty Fellow


Catherine Klapperich is the Associate Dean for Research and the Director of the NIBIB POCTRN Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care (CFTCC)at Boston University.  She is the Director of the Laboratory for Diagnostics and Global Healthcare Technologies and a member of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.  Before coming to Boston, Dr. Klapperich was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in the lab of Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, and was a Senior Research Scientist at Aclara Biosciences in Mountain View, CA. She earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; her M.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

Dr. Klapperich’s research is focused on engineering medical devices for use in low resource settings and at the point of care. Current projects are focused on disposable microfluidic diagnostics that incorporate on-board sample preparation and on minimally instrumented devices to enable molecular testing. Her work includes diagnostics for CT-NG, HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Recently, Dr. Klapperich and colleagues founded a startup company, Jane Diagnostics, Inc., to commercialize these technologies.


Affiliation: Administration & Staff (ENG), Affiliated Faculty (ME), Primary Faculty (BME), Primary Faculty (MSE)