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Faculty Scholar Jeffrey Anker, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Jeffrey Anker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Chemistry and Bioengineering Department
Clemson University

Contact: janker@clemson.edu  


Who is Professor Anker?

Jeffrey Anker is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering at Clemson University. He obtained his BS degree in applied physics at Yale University in 1998. He received his doctorate at The University of Michigan in 2005, working for Professor Raoul Kopelman to develop magnetically modulated optical nanoprobes (MagMOONs) to measure chemical concentrations and mechanical properties of solutions. For inventing MagMOONs, he was awarded a grand prize at the 2002 National Inventor's Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventor's Competition. From 2005-2008, Jeffrey worked as an NIH National Science Research Award (NSRA) postdoctoral research fellow at Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Richard Van Duyne. His postdoctoral research focused on developing real-time high-resolution plasmonic nanosensors, as well as performing matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) analysis of Alzheimer's biomarkers. He joined the Clemson faculty in August 2008. His current research focuses on imaging and spectroscopy using magnetic, plasmonic, and X-ray excited films- and nano-sensors.

How Professor Anker's research is transforming health care

Jeffrey is developing novel sensors and imaging techniques to monitor fracture healing in order to determine when it is safe to bear weight, and to detect and monitor infections adjacent to orthopedic plates. He also has expertise in magnetic nanoparticle synthesis and imaging, Raman spectroscopy, plasmonic nanoparticles, X-ray imgaging and X-ray excited optical luminescence.


Health Research Expertise Keywords

Medical Imaging Radiography, Biofilm Detection, Spectroscopy, Chemical Sensors, Biomechanical Sensors, Smart Medical Implants, Orthopedic Devices