Steven W. Graves


Phone: (505)-277-2043

Physical Address

Room 2045
Centennial Engineering Center

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Center for Biomedical Engineering

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Curriculum Vitae


Postdoctoral Research Associate The National Flow Cytometry Resource, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1999-2001

Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, 1998 Thesis "Cloning, Expression, Purification, and Complete Kinetic Characterization of the Large Sub-Unit of Human Mitochondrial DNA Polymerase"

B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Double Major) 1991


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Steven W. Graves received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998, joined the National Flow Cytometry Resource at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1999, became a Technical Staff Member in 2001, and advanced to Team Leader of Optical Spectroscopy and Instrumentation in 2007. He moved to the University of New Mexico in 2008 as Associate Director for the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the Director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program in 2009. In this role he led the final stages of the approval of the BME graduate program, which culminated in the approval of the UNM Biomedical Engineering graduate program at the Ph.D. level in the Fall of 2010 and the Master’s level in the Fall of 2011. He was appointed the Associate Dean for Research for the UNM School of Engineering in 2014 and the Special Assistant to the Dean for Health Sciences Center Relations in 2014. He was on the sabbatical for the spring and fall semesters of 2015, where he co-founded Eta Diagnostics, Inc., which is a company dedicated to the commercialization of his groups flow cytometry technology. He has also co-founded Helion Scientific, Inc., which is commercializing the molecular computation technologies developed in conjunction with Professor Stefanovic of Computer Science. At UNM, his research focuses on the development of biomedical and environmental monitoring instrumentation, diagnostic assays, the study of molecular assemblies, and new approaches for biomolecular computation. Recently, he has applied micromanipulation technologies in combination with inexpensive low-power components to create small low-cost flow cytometry approaches that will be of use in point of care settings, in highly parallel flow cytometers, and as components in distributed sensor networks. Additionally, recent work has developed molecular computation methods for the diagnosis and detection of disease and environmental monitioring. These interests have led to many federal research awards since 2008 from the NIH, NSF, and USDA. He has over fifty publications, five patents, and several awards, including a 2007 R&D100 award for the development of Portable Acoustic Cytometry

  • 2015-Present: Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and (secondary appointment) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2015-Present: Co-Founder, Helion Scientific, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2015-Present: Co-Founder, Eta Diagnostics, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2014: Special Assistant to the Dean, Health Sciences Relations • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2014: Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2010-2014: Director, Biomedical Engineering Graduate ProgramUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2014-Present: Full Member, Cancer Center-Cancer Therapeutics: Technology, Discovery and Targeted Delivery • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2013: Visiting Professor, Department of Biotechnology • University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy.
  • 2011-Present: Associate Professor, (secondary appointment) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2008-2015: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. 
  • 2008-2012: Associate Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2007-2008: Team Leader, Optical Spectroscopy and Instrumentation, Biosciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2001-2008: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology DepartmentUniversity of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2001-2008: Technical Staff Member, Biosciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 1999-2001: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biosciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
Publications • For a comprehensive listing of Dr Graves' publications, click here

Research Interests

  • Biomolecular Assemblies
  • Protease Mechanisms
  • Point of Care Medical Devices
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Molecular Computation
  • Nanomaterials and Nanodevices

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