Herr Lab

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A major focus of our lab is engineering innovation for analysis of complex biological systems — as is required to address questions important to both fundamental biological systems and applied clinical research. We employ a combination of approaches drawn from bioengineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering with strong foundations in biology, materials science, and analytical chemistry. In essence, we strive to advance the “mathematization” of biology & medicine.

The Herr Lab at UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall

We are part of the UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering and the UC Berkeley/UCSF Graduate Group in Bioengineering. A primary focus of our research is in tools to push the frontier of single-cell biology. To accomplish this, we design and create instrumentation that exploits scale-dependent physics and chemistry. Our work accelerates development of bioanalytical methods, streamlines sample preparation strategies, improves biomarker validation studies, and advances clinical diagnostics.

Affiliations: QB3: The California Institute of Quantitative BiosciencesThe Chan Zuckerberg BiohubThe Berkeley Stem Cell CenterJacobs Institute of Design Innovation, and The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Graduate student researchers join us from a variety of UC Berkeley & UCSF Graduate Programs: BioengineeringChemical Biology, and Applied Science & Technology, as well as various engineering & chemistry programs.


  • Congratulations Gabi, recognized as the Runner-Up Springer Nature Best Poster Award at the Hilton Head Workshop 2022.
  • Welcome to postdoctoral scholar Trinh Lam, and Amgen summer 2022 scholar Aditi Patel.
  • Doctoral student Yaw Ansong named a Brodie Scholar by UC Berkeley Bioengineering. Congrats, Yaw!
  • The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub opens its doors for active and future founders at UC Berkeley! A stunning and a welcome addition to our vibrant campus startup ecosystem. (Berkeley News article | Daily Cal article). Over the last 4 years, Amy is proud to have served as the Founding Faculty Director.
  • Gabi has been named a 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor for her Fall 2021 teaching team contributions to BioE 192: Capstone Senior Design & Projects course.
  • Congratulations to both Yang and Gabi for their poster presentations at the June 2022 Hilton Head Workshop.
  • Amy assumes CTO role at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Network, while continuing to direct the Herr Lab.
  • Welcome to new postdoctoral scholar Anna Fomitcheva Khartchenko, Ph.D.!
  • Welcome to Daniel Baron, Ph.D., a visiting scholar supported by the government of the Czech Republic, who will research with us until summer 2022.