Steven W. Graves


Phone: 505-277-2043

Physical Address

Room 2045
Centennial Engineering Center

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Chemical and Biological Engineering

Personal Website


Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, Biochemisty, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, 1998

B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Double Major), 1991


Steven W. Graves, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998, joined the National Flow Cytometry Resource at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1999, became a Technical Staff Member in 2001, and advanced to Team Leader of Optical Spectroscopy and Instrumentation in 2007. He moved to the University of New Mexico in 2008 as Associate Director for the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the Director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program in 2009. In this role he led the final stages of the approval of the BME graduate program, which culminated in the approval of the UNM Biomedical Engineering graduate program at the Ph.D. level in the Fall of 2010 and the Master’s level in the Fall of 2011. His research focuses on the development of biomedical and environmental monitoring instrumentation, diagnostic assays, the study of molecular assemblies, and new approaches for biomolecular computation. Recently, he has applied micromanipulation technologies in combination with inexpensive low-power components to create small low-cost flow cytometry approaches that will be of use in point of care settings, in highly parallel flow cytometers, and as components in distributed sensor networks. These interests have led to federal research awards in excess of $2.5M since 2008 from the NIH, NSF, and USDA. He has over forty publications, four patents, and several awards, including a 2007 R&D100 award for the development of Portable Acoustic Cytometry.

Research Interests

  • Biomolecular Assemblies
  • Protease Mechanisms