Prof. Randy Carney

Randy Carney 2022

Position Title
Assistant Professor

GBSF 3323
451 Health Sciences Dr., Davis CA 95616

Dr. Carney develops new platforms for early-stage cancer diagnosis by applying spectroscopic methods to characterize circulating exosomes and related extracellular vesicles (EVs). The Carney Lab builds cutting-edge Raman spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tools to investigate the broad range of EVs, with the goal of more sensitively and specifically identifying tumor-associated subpopulations. Projects include single vesicle Raman analysis of EVs isolated from ovarian cancer patient biofluids, chemical and materials synthesis of next-generation plasmonic SERS nanoprobes and microfluidic chip-based platforms that isolate EVs from clinical samples

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D. Materials Sci. & Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
  • S.M. Materials Sci. & Engineering, MIT
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Arkansas
Honors and Awards
  • Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Annual Research Scholar, UC Davis, 2020
  • American Cancer Society (ACS) Research Scholar, 2019
  • BIM 107 - Manufacturing Processes for Biomedical Engineering
  • BIM 111 - Bioinstrumentation
  • BIM 110 - Senior Design (Judge and Mentor)
  • BIM 144 - Biophotonics
  • Bim 265 - Nanoengineering
Research Interests & Expertise
  • nanoplasmonics
  • Raman spectroscopy/SERS
  • cancer diagnostics
  • extracellular vesicles
  • exosomes
Membership and Service
  • International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV)
  • SPIE
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)