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Frances Ligler

4307 Engineering Building III,
NC State University
(919) 515-1049

9012A Mary Ellen Jones
UNC Chapel Hill
(919) 843-5830

Research Areas:
  • Biomedical Microdevices
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • 2018 Honorary Doctor of Science, Furman University
  • 2014 Honorary Doctorate, Agricultural University of Athens
  • 2000 D.Sc. for Biosensor Technology, Oxford University
  • 1977 D.Phil. Biochemistry, Oxford University
  • 1972 B.S. Biology-Chemistry, Furman University


“The most fulfilling professional experiences stem from being able to work on hard problems and to do it with smart, talented people.”

As a serial inventor, I have enjoyed working in academia, industry and government labs. More than my patents, papers and commercial products, I am proud of what my >60 postdocs have accomplished.

Research Interests

Engineering complex systems to solve problems
Integration of microfluidics, biochemistry, tissue regeneration, electronics and optical sensors


2018 Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Furman University; Congress Chair, 28th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors; North Carolina State University Innovator of the Year
2017 Inductee, National Inventors Hall of Fame; ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry; Honorary Member of the Hellenic Society for Nanotechnology in Health Sciences
2016 Elected Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (NAI); Furman University Carl Kohrt Distinguished Alumni Award; 2015 Conference Chair, 2nd International Conference on Label-Free Technologies
2014 Honorary Doctorate, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
2013 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2012 Presidential Rank of Meritorious Senior Professional, awarded by President Barack H. Obama
2011 Elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
2005 Elected to National Academy of Engineering, Elected Councillor (2014-2020),
2003 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Senior Professional, awarded by President George W. Bush; Christopher Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award (Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Field)
2000 Fellow, Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineering (SPIE)

Courses Taught

E102 Grand Challenges of Engineering
BME890/BMME890 Graduate Seminar