Brian Nablo is a Research Chemist in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division in the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory. He received his B.S. degree in Microbiology and B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona. He earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he created biomaterials that actively release natural products to prevent infection and stimulate wound healing.
In 2004, Dr. Nablo was awarded National Research Council/NIST postdoctoral fellowship that led to his discovery of the pH-dependent pathway by which the anthrax toxin ruptures lipid membranes. His interdisciplinary research continues at NIST with the exploration of additive manufacturing and microfabrication to create microfluidic systems to electronically manipulate and monitor cell cultures. He developed methods microfabricate metal electrodes on both sides of thin plastic films. He utilizes these flexible electronics for wearable sensors, enhancing lensfree microscopy, and developing Boyden chambers (commonly known as Transwell®) in a microfluidic platform that enables physical contact between two separated cell microcultures.