Dr. Kiana Aran
Dr. Aran is an Assistant Professor of Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Keck Graduate Institute located in Claremont, California and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the cofounder of Nanosens Innovations and is a cofounder and the Chief Scientific Officer of Cardea Bio in San Diego, California. Dr. Aran also serves as a Drug Delivery and Medical Diagnostics consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Aran obtained her Ph.D. at Rutgers University in New Jersey and completed postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Dr. Aran’s primary research focus is on combining the power of biology with electronic transistors to create biology gated transistors on chips. She developed the first CRISPR-powered transistor, termed CRISPR-Chip, that is capable of searching for targeted regions of the genome in real-time using CRISPR as the search engine and the ultra-sensitivity of graphene transistors to report this search result. CRISPR-Chip was the most read paper in Nature Biomedical Engineering in 2019, featured on the front cover, and was featured over 50 news outlets. She is currently working on expanding this technology beyond CRISPR.