Kevin Cash

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Kevin CashCurrent molecular probes and sensor technologies present limitations in both the range of targets that can be measured and the ability to function in the complicated in vivo environment. My research program will help answer pressing biomedical questions by developing novel nanosensors that overcome these limitations and applying these new tools in situ. Traditional sensor designs, while being quite valuable for in vitro and laboratory analysis, often fail in vivo due to complications such as sensor invasiveness, sensitivity, selectivity, and limitations from the sensor readout mechanism. Polymeric nanosensors have emerged over the past several years as an excellent nanosensor design platform for continuous in vivo monitoring that overcomes the shortcomings of many traditional sensor designs.


225 Alderson Hall
1613 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 273-3631


Research Group

  • Mark Ferris, The Ohio State University
  • Megan Jewell, West Virginia University

Cash Research Group Website

Using this platform, I will focus my research on three distinct projects for which continuous monitoring can provide valuable information:

  1. Develop Enzyme Linked Nanosensors (ELiNS) to continuously monitor lactate levels during acute liver failure.
  2. Develop peptide targeted nanosensors for pH, pO2, pCO2, and lactate to monitor tumor metabolism during treatment.
  3. Develop fluorescence lifetime based nanosensors for improved cellular imaging in biofilms.


  • BS – Northeastern University
  • PhD – University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Post-Doctoral Study – C.S. Draper Laboratory and Northeastern University


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