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Andrea Locke

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Biomedical Engineering

Research Focus

The Locke Biosensing Lab develops novel optical biosensing platforms to address current clinical diagnostic challenges at the point-of-care. We explore the use of various nanoplasmonic structures incorporated paper- or micro-fluidic platforms to create rapid diagnostic platforms that are simplistic and user-friendly.


Andrea Locke specializes in developing affordable, portable and rapid point-of-care glucose management devices. At Vanderbilt, she plans to expand her expertise in in vitro detection to designing in vivo diagnostic tools. Locke will be applying in vivo Raman spectroscopy for rapid detection of inflammation and infection in children, while investigating alternative ways of developing non-invasive approach using Surface Enhance Raman Spectroscopy. She will hold joint appointments in engineering and chemistry. Locke earned a B.S. in 2010 and a Ph.D. in 2016 in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems at Texas A&M, 2016-2018, and an Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University, 2018-2021.