BIOE Seminar Series: Catherine Klapperich (Boston University)

Friday, April 16, 2021
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Ian White

The Spring 2021 seminars will be held virtually on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m., unless otherwise noted. All BIOE faculty, students, staff, postdocs, and affiliates as well as additional subscribers to our weekly seminars emails will receive Zoom event information the week of each seminar. 

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Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Precision Diagnostics Center
Boston University
My 2020: From Point of Care to High Throughput Diagnostics
About the Speaker

Dr. Catherine Klapperich is the Founding Director of the Precision Diagnostics Center at Boston University where she is Professor and Vice-Chair of Biomedical Engineering. In 2020, Dr. Klapperich led a university wide effort to build a CLIA high complexity laboratory to perform a fully automated high throughput laboratory developed qPCR test for COVID-19. As of April 2021, the facility has performed over 800,000 tests.


Dr. Klapperich’s research in normal times is focused on engineering lab on a chip diagnostic tests for use in low resource settings and at the point of care. Her research lab is extending this work to environmental surveillance efforts for the detection of microorganisms and viruses in wastewater. Current projects are focused on one time use and wearable microfluidic and paper fluidic diagnostics that incorporate on-board sample preparation to enable molecular testing. She works in the areas of women’s health, infectious disease diagnostics, drug adherence, and continuous physiological monitoring.


Dr. Klapperich received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and performed postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in the laboratory of Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi before joining Boston University. She is a fellow of BMES, AIMBE, and AAAS.


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