Robin L. Garrell Ph.D

Robin GarrellProfessor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Vice Provost for Graduate EducationDean of the Graduate Division

Murphy Hall 1237
 | Garrell Research Group


  • B.S., Biochemistry with Honors and Distinction, Cornell University, 1978
  • M.S., Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 1979
  • Ph.D., Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 1984

Awards and Recognitions

  • UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize, 2009
  • Fellow, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 2009
  • American Microchemical Society Benedetti-Pichler Award, 2007
  • Masscal Pioneering Nanotechnology Competition Gold Medal Award, 2007
  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003

Research Interests

  1. Fundamentals of droplet microfluidics
  2. Applications of droplet microfluidics (proteomics sample preparation for mass spectroscopy, cell diagnostics and tissue culture, synthesis of millimeter-scale polymer particles)
  3. Synthesis and applications of heterogeneous catalysts based on superparamagnetic nanoparticles

Recent Publications

  1. Aijian A.P., Chatterjee D., Garrell R.L. “Fluorinated liquid-enabled protein handling and surfactant-aided crystallization for fully in situ digital microfluidic MALDI-MS analysis.” Lab Chip. 2012 Jul 21;12(14):2552-9.
  2. Tucker-Schwartz A.K., Farrell R.A., Garrell R.L. “Thiol-ene click reaction as a general route to functional trialkoxysilanes for surface coating applications.” J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Jul 27;133(29):11026-9.
  3. Tucker-Schwartz A.K., Bei Z., Garrell R.L., Jones T.B. “Polymerization of electric field-centered double emulsion droplets to create polyacrylate shells.” Langmuir. 2010 Dec 21;26(24):18606-11.
  4. Nelson W.C., Peng I., Lee G.A., Loo J.A., Garrell R.L., Kim C.J. “Incubated protein reduction and digestion on an electro-wetting-on-dielectric digital microfluidic chip for MALDI-MS.” Anal Chem. 2010 Dec 1;82(23):9932-7.
  5. Tucker-Schwartz A.K., Garrell R.L. “Simple preparation and application of TEMPO-coated Fe(3)O(4) superparamagnetic nanoparticles for selective oxidation of alcohols.” Chemistry. 2010 Nov 8;16(42):12718-26.
  6. Chatterjee D., Ytterberg A.J., Son S.U., Loo J.A., Garrell R.L. “Integration of protein processing steps on a droplet microfluidics platform for MALDI-MS analysis.” Anal Chem. 2010 Mar 1;82(5):2095-101.
  7. Son S.J., Garrell R.L. “Transport of live yeast and zebrafish embryo on a droplet digital microfluidic platform.” Lab Chip. 2009 Aug 21;9(16):2398-401.
  8. Chatterjee D., Shepherd H., Garrell R.L. “Electromechanical model for actuating liquids in a two-plate droplet microfluidic device.” Lab Chip. 2009 May 7;9(9):1219-29.
  9. Moon H., Wheeler A.R., Garrell R.L., Loo J.A., Kim C.J. “An integrated digital microfluidic chip for multiplexed proteomic sample preparation and analysis by MALDI-MS.” Lab Chip. 2006 Sep;6(9):1213-9.
  10. Chatterjee D., Hetayothin B., Wheeler A.R., King D.J., Garrell R.L. “Droplet-based microfluidics with nonaqueous solvents and solutions.” Lab Chip. 2006 Feb;6(2):199-206.