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Research Team

Principal Investigator

Andrea K Locke, PhD
Office: 314 Keck FEL Building

Dr. Locke is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. She received her BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Locke received the Academic Pathways Fellowship award and completed her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center. She is a member of SPIE and the National Society of Black Engineers. Her research interests include optical spectroscopy, biosensors, nanostructures, paperfluidics, and point-of-care diagnostic.


Current Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

TJ Yokley, PhD

PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Memphis
MS in Organic Chemistry, University of Memphis
BS in Chemistry, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Research: Point of care diagnosis of tuberculosis using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy; nanoparticle synthesis



Graduate Students

Anna Rourke
Degree: Biomedical Engineering

Research: Culture-free detection of bacterial pathogens using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy 




Emma Bartelsen
Degree: Biomedical Engineering

Research: Characterization of salivary biomarkers using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy






Huijin An 
Degree: Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Research: Flexible nanoplasmonic substrates for volatile organic compound sensing





Undergraduate Students

Jeremiah Johnson
Degree: Biomedical Engineering

Research: Characterization of cellular secretions using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy 





Sophia Pannullo (SyBBURE Undergraduate Research Fellow) 
Degree: Biomedical Engineering 

Research: Low-cost paper-fluidic point of care device for the detection of sickle cell anemia 




Layla Reejhsinghani 
Degree: Biomedical Engineering

Research: In-line monitoring of yeast growth using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy 




Lab Alumni

Amelia Taylor
Postbaccalaureate Fellow

Research: Developing a nanoplasmonic paperfluidic membrane for salivary biomarkers detection at the point-of-care