Mechanisms of Disease, Medical Diagnostics and Devices
Dr. Kiana Aran is an Iranian/American biomedical entrepreneur who is an Associate Professor of Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a member of The Claremont Colleges; the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Cardea Bio, a biotechnology company developing next-generation bio-integrated electronic chips for precision medicine; and a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Aran also serves as a Consultant of Drug Delivery and Medical Diagnostics for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
She received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the City University of New York in 2007 and her PhD in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University in 2012. She then continued her postdoctoral studies in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley and was a recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral training fellowship at the Buck Institute for Aging Research in 2015.
Her research focuses on designing novel bio-integrated electronic platforms, using 2D nanomaterials, for precision medicine and utilizing biology as tech elements for various biosensing applications. In addition to biosensing, she combines various engineering modules to develop tools to understand the aging process better. Aran’s scientific vision is to explore the utility of nano-electronic systems to develop transformative and customizable platforms for multi-omics applications and the commercialization of these platforms.
Aran is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health postdoctoral training fellowship at the Buck Institute for Age Research and is a consultant for the Gates Foundation. Her efforts have been recognized within the scientific community by the Clinical OMICs 10 under 40 Award, Athena Pinnacle Award in Life Sciences, NSF Career award, Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Women in Science: Scientific Achievement Category’s Overall Winner in 2021, and Distinguished Engineering Medal of Excellence from Rutgers University in 2022. Aran also received multiple NIH RO1, DARPA, and Gate Foundation grants and awards from the private sector to develop the next generation of electronic biosensors for precision medicine.
K. Aran, D. Liepmann, N. Murthy. “Ingestible Active Agent Delivery Devices, and Methods of Using the Same” (US BK-2014-192)
K. Aran, J. Perades, N. Murthy, D. Liepmann. “Stimuli Responsive Sensors and Methods of Using the Same (US 62/057,894)