Leila F. Deravi

Leila DeraviAssistant Professor

Analytical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry

Parsons Hall Room S209
Department of Chemistry
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824







  • B.S., 2005, University of Alabama
  • Ph.D., 2009, Vanderbilt University
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 2010-2013, Harvard University
  • Research Associate 2013-2014, Harvard University


Research Interests

Integrating the structure dependent function of self-assembling proteins and biopolymers into flexible devices for applications ranging from catalysis to wearable electronics

Current Research Interests

Our laboratory is an interdisciplinary group that works at the interface of bio-analytical chemistry, materials science, and design. Our primary research focus is building the structure dependent function of self-assembling proteins into macromolecular materials. We will use inkjet printing, a rapid prototyping, non-destructive technique, to manufacture protein fibers, films, and fabrics and incorporate analytical tools such as uniaxial tensile testing, electrochemistry, and spectrophotometric assays to characterize their properties. Based on their bulk structure and composition, these protein based materials are integrated with non-biological materials to be used for applications including catalysis, diagnostic assays, flexible displays, and wearable electronics.


Leila F. Deravi, Andrew P. Magyar, Sean P. Sheehy, George R. R. Bell, Lydia M. Mäthger, Stephen L. Senft, Trevor J. Wardill, William S. Lane, Alan M. Kuzirian, Roger T. Hanlon, Evelyn L. Hu, Kevin Kit Parker, “The optical behavior of a natural nanoscale photonic device in cuttlefish chromatophores” Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2014, DOI:10.1098/rsif.2013.0942.

Leila F. Deravi, Holly M. Golecki, Kevin Kit Parker, “Protein-based Textiles: Bio-inspired and Bio-derived Materials for Medical and Non-Medical Applications” Journal of Chemical and Biological Interfaces, 2013, DOI:10.1166/jcbi.2013.1009.

Ashutosh Agarwal, Yohan Farouz, Alexander P. Nesmith, Leila F. Deravi, Megan L. McCain, Kevin Kit Parker, “Micropatterning Alginate Substrates for in vitro Cardiovascular Muscle on a Chip” Advanced Functional Materials, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201203319.

Leila F. Deravi, Tianxiang Su, Jeffrey A. Paten, Jeffrey W. Ruberti, Katia Bertoldi, Kevin Kit Parker. “Differential Contributions of Conformation Extension and Domain Unfolding to Properties of Fibronectin Nanotextiles” Nano Letters, 2012, DOI: 10.1021/nl302643g.

Leslie A. Hiatt, Jennifer R. McKenzie, Leila F. Deravi, Reese S. Harry, David W. Wright, David E. Cliffel, “A Printed Superoxide Dismutase Coated Electrode for the Study of Macrophage Oxidative Burst” Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2011,  DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2011.12.038.

Joshua D. Swartz, Leila F. Deravi, David W. Wright, “The Bottom-Up Synthesis of Biologically Active Multilayer Films using Inkjet Printed Templates” Advanced Functional Materials, 2010, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200902169.

Leila F. Deravi, David W. Wright, Jan L. Sumerel, “Printing Bioinks with Technologically Relevant Applications,” The Chemistry of Inkjet Inks, Ed. Shlomo Magdassi: World Scientific Inc., 2009, 269-283.

Leila F. Deravi, Joshua D. Swartz, David W. Wright, “The Biomimetic Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanomaterials,” Nanomaterials for the Life Sciences: Vol 2. Ed. Challa Kumar: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KgaA, 2009, 3-54.

Leila F. Deravi, Jan L. Sumerel, Sarah L. Sewell, David W. Wright. “Piezoelectric Inkjet Printing of Biomimetic Inks for Reactive Surfaces” Small 2008, DOI: 10.1002/smll.200800536.

Leila F. Deravi, Jan L. Sumerel, Aren E. Gerdon, David E. Cliffel, David W. Wright. “Output analysis of materials ink-jet printer.” Appl. Phys. Letts. 2007, 91(11), 113114/1-113114/3.

Jan L. Sumerel,  John Lewis, A. Doraiswamy,  Leila F. Deravi, Sarah L. Sewell, Aren E. Gerdon, David W. Wright and Roger J. Narayan. “Piezoelectric Ink Jet Processing of Materials for Medical and Biological Applications.” Biotechnology 2006. 1(9), 976-87.