Artavazd Badalyan, PhD joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an Assistant Professor in August 2023. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Biochemistry from the University of Potsdam, Germany. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Project Leader at the internationally renowned company Dräger Safety AG in Germany. After this, he joined Utah State University as a Postdoctoral Fellow and changed his roles further to a Researcher and a Research Assistant Professor.
The research in Badalyan lab focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of the biohybrid and bioinspired catalytic systems with novel properties that will have broad implications for selective environmental and biomedical sensors and chemical conversion and energy efforts. In addition, we study the properties of newly discovered CRISPR-Cas-nucleases and apply them for easy-to-use and ultrasensitive biosensors detecting viruses. Thus, our research allows students to gain and use their knowledge in biochemistry, biological and chemical catalysis, electrochemistry, and sensors development and learn modern electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques.