Prof. Silvana Andreescu

Silvana Andreescu is the Egon Matijević Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry at Clarkson. She grew up in a small city neighboring the Romanian Carpathian Mountains, Curtea de Arges, the home of couple iconic medieval churches, and the southern starting point of one of the most spectacular cross mountain European road, Transfagarasan. After graduation from the local high school “Vlaicu Voda” - National College, she moved to Bucharest to study chemistry at University of Bucharest, as a student in the newly formed French taught class at the Faculty of Chemistry. She holds a BS/MS from the University of Bucharest and a joint Ph.D. from Universite de Perpignan, France and University of Bucharest, Romania. After two years post-doctoral work at SUNY Binghamton, she moved to Clarkson University starting her academic career as assistant professor.

Her research interests are in the areas of bioanalytical chemistry, electrochemistry, biosensing and environmental nanotechnology. In addition to her research, she is committed to the success of her students and fellow researchers in their career, obtaining rewarding positions in industry or academia.

In 2020, she founded SensoLife, a start-up company that provides materials and sensing solutions for health and the environment.


2003 - 2005   Postdoctorat Chemistry / Material Science New York State University at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, USA

(Advisor: Omowunmi Sadik)

2002     Ph.D* Agrochemistry / Biosensors Universite de Perpignan (Centre de Phytopharmacie), Perpignan, France

(Advisor: Jean Louis Marty)

Analytical Chemistry Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

(Advisor: Vasile Magearu)

* Joint Ph.D thesis between Universite de Perpignan and University of Bucharest

        ("cotutelle" founded by BGF French Government Scholarship)

1999     MSc. Chemistry / Biosensors Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

1997     BSc. Chemistry Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Positions and Employment

2020 - Department Chair, Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University 

2020 - 2021 Associate Dean for Research, School of Arts and Science, Clarkson University

2018 - 2020 Interim co-Director, Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), Clarkson University

2014 - Egon Matijević Endowed Chair in Chemistry, Clarkson University

2013 - present Professor, Clarkson University

2010 - 2013 Associate Professor, Clarkson University

2005 - 2010 Assistant Professor, Clarkson University

2003 - 2005 NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

2002 - 2003 Research Fellow, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

1999 - 2002 Teaching and Research Assistant (Ph.D student), Centre de Phytopharmacie, Institute Universitare de Technologie,

Universite de Perpignan, Perpignan, France

Awards / Scholarship /Fellowship / Invited positions

Editorial Advisory Board: Microchemical Journal (Elsevier), Sensors and Diagnostics (RSC)

Editorial Board: Sensors - for Chemical Sensors section, and Biosensors, (MDPI)

Phalanx Commendable Service Award, Clarkson University, 2020

Arab - American Frontiers Fellow, National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, 2017, 2020

Research Excellence Award, Clarkson University, 2014

Million Dollar Club member, Clarkson University, 2012

John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award, Clarkson University, 2011

NSF-CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2010

Invited Professor, Technological Institut, Universite de Perpignan, France, 2007

NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2003

BGF - French Government Doctoral Scholarship, Bourse de Recherche-Cotutelle: Centre de Phytopharmacie, University of Perpignan,

Perpignan, France, 1999–2002

EGIDE-CNRS Research Scholarship: Centre National de Recherche Scientifique: Centre de Phytopharmacie, University of Perpignan,

Perpignan, France, February –May 2002

European Community: BIOSET (Bioset Collaboration Programme: Environment and Climate: Faculty of Pharmacy, University Alcala de

Henares, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain, September, 2000

PhD Scholarship: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Chemistry, Romania, 1999–2002

European Community: TEMPUS-MS fellowship: Biosensors for Environment Control, Centre de Phytopharmacie, University of

Perpignan, Perpignan, France, February-May 1998

Academic journey

May 2011: John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award, with Prof. Anthony Collins, the President of CU

Jan. 2014: appointed Egon Matijević Endowed Chair in Chemistry with Prof. Peter Turner (Dean of School of Arts and Science) and Prof. Egon Matijević 

June 2020: appointed Chair of the Chemistry and Biomolecular Science  Department 

2005 - Appointed Assistant Professor and Andreescu - BIOsem Lab was established

June - The professorship starts with new office,

 ... and new lab 


March 2003, SUNY-Binghamton

Starting my NATO-NSF postdoctoral fellowship 

March 2003, PITTCON, Orlando, FL

First conference as a postdoc

March 2004, PITTCON, Chicago, IL

March 2004, PITTCON, Chicago, IL

Biosensors 2004: The 8th World Congress on Biosensors, May 24-26, 2004, Granada, Spain

May 24-26, 2004, Granada, Spain 

Graduate student 

October 2002 - PhD. defense University of Bucharest

2000 - Universite de Perpignan - lab work

PhD. defense committee: Profs: Jean-Louis Marty, Camelia Bala, Thierry Noguer, ...

First conference talk as graduate student - “Evaluation / Validation of Novel Biosensors in Real Environmental and Food Samples”, Florence, Italy, April 18 – 20, 2002 

May 2002 - Last day in the lab/office, and... 

... Corneliu Podina, and Vasile Magearu

Conference session break with my lab groupmates from Universite de Perpignan, Carol and Thierry

the farewell party