As Vice President of the CZ Biohub Network, bioengineer and University of California, Berkeley professor, Amy Herr is leading the Network’s efforts to advance technologies to observe, measure, and analyze human biology in action.
Her research program focuses on bioinstrumentation with an emphasis on the design and creation of tools to surmount measurement gaps in basic and translational biomedical science, most recently centering on difficult-to-measure protein forms in single cells. Her laboratory’s research—some of which has been commercialized—brings greater insight into basic life processes and disease progression, spanning questions in cancer progression to symbiotic cellular marine systems.
Herr is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor at UC Berkeley and a CZ Biohub SF Investigator, and serves in various national and international capacities. She will continue in these roles while CTO of the CZ Biohub Network. Prior to these appointments, Herr was the founding director of the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub and faculty director of Bakar Fellows Program, both at UC Berkeley.
She received a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Her research has been recognized by an NIH New Innovator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and several field-specific honors as well as the UC Berkeley Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Mentor Award. Herr is an elected member of the American Insitute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.