Dr. Roger York brings to Bikanta experience building instrumentation to analyze biological questions. His background is in optics, surface science, reaction-diffusion processes, and electron transfer, supported by degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering. Roger completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach in 2003, where he studied electron transfer through self-assembled monolayers. Upon graduation, he went to the University of California, Berkeley for his PhD training under the guidance of Prof. Gabor A. Somorjai and then went on to post-docs under George Whitesides at Harvard and Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson at MIT, all seminal and pioneering scientists. He built MIT’s first sum frequency generation spectrometer and has been a consultant for several startups.
Aside from his tremendous amount of lab experience and being an avid chess player, Roger enjoys travelling and experiencing the world, including solving interesting problems such as his time spent in Taiwan creating an easier and cost-effective method of detecting water quality. A passionate and extremely qualified addition, Roger is now leading Bikanta’s optical imaging instrumentation development.