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Sunny Niu is a graduate student in the Biswal Soft Matter Group in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a trainee in the NSF Bioelectronics Research Traineeship program. She received her B.S.E. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University (2015).

Sunny works on developing diagnostic devices for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and understanding the underlying surface phenomena that drive device functionality. Her work centers on detection of TBI biomarkers at clinically relevant concentrations in human serum and has probed several detection-transduction platforms in pursuit of sensitive and selective biomarker detection. This includes development of lateral flow assays, electrochemical sensors, and magnetic, SERS-active particle systems. 

Research Areas

Diagnostic development, surface science, bioconjugation

Societies & Organizations

Princeton University/BSE/ 2015, BS, Chemical Engineering

Honors & Awards

AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Award

Department of Nanomedicine-Rice University Innovative Collaborative Grant Award

Rice University Chemical Engineering Department Teaching Assistant Award