Steven S Saavedra

Research Interests

S. Scott Saavedra, Ph.D., is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a member of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University in 1986. He was a Senior Scientist at the Perkin-Elmer Corporation during 1986-1989, then was appointed as an NSF-ERC Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in 1989-91. He began his career at the University of Arizona in 1991 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of ChemistryDr. Saavedra’s research interests are multidisciplinary, spanning the areas of bioanalytical chemistry, surface spectroscopy and spectroelectrochemistry, optical waveguides and interfacial optics, chemical and biological sensors, biointerfaces and biomaterials, and photovoltaic materials and interfaces. Dr. Saavedra has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in these and related areas. His current research programs are focused on development of label-free sensors for ligands that modulate ion channels and G-protein-coupled receptors and design of new materials and engineered interfaces for organic and hybrid solar cells.