Prof. Anand

Curriculum Vitae


Robbyn K. Anand joined the chemistry faculty at Iowa State University in August 2015 as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Crooks with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She developed microfluidic devices employing bipolar electrodes for electrokinetic focusing of charged species and membrane-free seawater desalination. Then, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked with Prof. Daniel T. Chiu at the University of Washington on the capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells. She pioneered a technique for dielectrophoretic manipulation of biological cells using extended electric field gradients. At Iowa State, Prof. Anand has led the development of a technology for the selective isolation and analysis of single cells with the aim of obtaining information that can improve outcomes in cancer therapy. Her research group has also advanced methodologies for separations in complex media (e.g., blood plasma) and for previously inaccessible target compounds. During this time, Prof. Anand founded the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat – an annual event aimed at the retention of women in the chemical enterprise.

Personal Interests

  • Being a mom to her daughters, Keertna and Harini
  • Swimming, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, running
  • Improvisational theater, esp. how its practice improves storytelling, brainstorming, and team work
  • Indian culture, esp. cuisine and music