Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Marya Lieberman

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Techonology, 1989
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1994

Areas of Expertise: My research focuses on two very different topics. I've long been interested in surface chemistry, self-assembly of two- and three-dimensional structures, and molecular electronics, and in this area we are currently studying nanostructures made from DNA as self-assembling "circuit boards" for nanoelectronic and nanomagnetic devices.  About four years ago, I became interested in the problem of low quality medicine in the developing world.  There are two features of this problem that I find compelling:  a technical challenge, and a moral imperative.  The technical challenge is to devise analytical tools and methods that can function in settings where there are few lab instruments, supplies, or trained workers, and where the basic infrastructure for pure water, electricity, and transportation is unreliable. To answer this challenge, we are developing a "Lab on paper" as a platform technology for qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

Recent Articles:

  • "Part per million quantification of iodate in fortified salt using a paper device," N. M. Myers, E. Kernisan, and M. Lieberman, 2015, Anal. Chem. 87, 3764-3770. DOI: 10.1021/ac504269q
  • "Paper test cards for presumptive detection of very low quality anti-malarial medications," A. Weaver, M. Lieberman, 2015, Am J Trop Med Hyg. 14-0384.  DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.14-0384
  • "Thermal stability of DNA origami on mica," M. Pillers and M. Lieberman, 2014, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B, 32, 040602; DOI: 10.1116/1.4879417
  • "EBL and molecular liftoff for directed attachment of DNA nanostructures on silicon: Top-down meets bottom-up,"  M. Pillers, V. Goss, and M. Lieberman, 2014, Acc. Chem. Res., 47(6), 1759-1767 DOI: 10.1021/ar500001e
  • "Paper analytical devices for fast field screening of beta lactam antibiotics and anti-tuberculosis pharmaceuticals,"  A. Weaver, H. Reiser, T. Barstis, M. Benvenuti, D. Ghosh, M. Hunkler, B. Joy, L. Koenig, K. Raddell, M.Lieberman, 2013, Anal. Chem., 85 (13), 6453–6460 DOI: 10.1021/ac400989p

Video link:  BBC World News HealthCheck piece about Kenya PAD project and news article posted on BBC web site,

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