Prof. Randy Carney


Position Title
Associate Professor

GBSF 2521
451 Health Sciences Dr., Davis CA 95616

Dr. Carney's lab develops new platforms for early-stage cancer diagnosis and therapeutics by applying extracellular vesicles (EVs). Diagnostic applications include building cutting-edge Raman spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platforms to detect early signs of cancer in circulating biofluids. Therapeutic applications focus on the use of EVs as next-generation drug delivery vehicles. A theme connecting all research is the investigation of the broad heterogeneity of EVs across single vesicles, which could be exploited to build more accurate diagnostics, as well as more potent therapeutics. 

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 144 - Biophotonics
  • Bim 265 - Nanoengineering
  • BIM 107 - Manufacturing Processes for Biomedical Engineering
  • BIM 111 - Bioinstrumentation
  • BIM 110 - Senior Design (Judge and Mentor)
Research Interests & Expertise
  • extracellular vesicles
  • cancer diagnostics
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • nanoplasmonics
Membership and Service
  • International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV)
  • SPIE
  • American Cancer Society (ACS)