Dr. Catherine Klapperich is Professor and Vice Chair of Biomedical Engineering. She is the Founding Director of the BU Precision Diagnostics Center.
She also holds appointments in the Division of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2014, Dr. Klapperich was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2018 a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She was the Dorf-Ebner Distinguished Faculty Fellow in 2014-2019.
Dr. Klapperich earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley with Drs. Lisa Pruitt and Kyriakos Komvopoulos; her S.M. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Before coming to Boston, Dr. Klapperich was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory under Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, and was a Senior Research Scientist at Aclara Biosciences in Mountain View, CA.
Dr. Klapperich’s research is focused on point of care testing, women’s health, continuous physiological monitoring and engineering medical devices for use in low resource settings.