Ishan Barman

Ishan Barman, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, recently won two distinguished awards recognizing his research in the field of spectroscopy: the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the Coblentz Society Clara Craver Award.

The Barman Laboratory. at Johns Hopkins University focuses on bioengineering, optics, and spectroscopy, with a particular interest in developing integrative photonics solutions to complex problems in biological research and diagnosis. The group seeks to advance photonics methods for applications in clinical diagnosis, on the comprehensive characterization of biomolecules, the investigation of pharmaceutical drugs and their interaction with biological systems, and on rapid measurements in microfluidic platforms.

The five-year $2.05 million MIRA grant will support Barman’s work on next-generation optical nanoprobes. By leveraging optical spectroscopy, nanofabrication, and machine learning, Barman and his team will develop innovative platforms for multiplexed ultrasensitive molecular sensing, intracellular magnetic measurements, and precision imaging of cells and tissues.

Established in 2006, The Craver Award is presented annually to an outstanding molecular spectroscopist under the age of 45 in recognition of their contributions in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The Coblentz Society named the award for Clara D. Craver in recognition of her pioneering efforts in promoting the practice of infrared vibrational spectroscopy and her many years of service to the  Society. Barman will receive the Craver Award at the SciX 2023 conference October 8-13 in Sparks, Nevada.