Catherine M. Klapperich, PhD

Professor (BME, MSE, ME) Director, Precision Diagnostics Center

Professor (BME, MSE, ME)
Director, Precision Diagnostics Center

  • Primary Appointment Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Education Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
    S.M., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Director, Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care
  • Honors and Awards BU College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 2021
    BU College of Engineering Societal Engineer Award, 2021
    AAAS Fellow, 2020
    Inaugural Dorf-Ebner Faculty Fellow, 2014 – 2019
    BMES Fellow, 2018
    Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2014
    Faculty Fellow, Kern Family Foundation, 2010 – 2014


Catherine Klapperich is 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 & Affiliated Faculty (BME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary Faculty (MSE)