Dr. Lamyaa Almehmadi

Research Area
On-chip photonic sensors; Waveguide enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)
Fellowship date
September 1, 2023
PhD in Chemistry
University at Albany, State University of New York


Dr. Lamyaa M. Almehmadi earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She obtained her B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis on Chemical Biology and an M.S. degree in Chemistry, both from the University at Albany, completing her master's thesis in only one year. Her master’s thesis work was published in Scientific Reports, one of the Nature family of journals, focusing on developing a label-free platform for medical diagnostics using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Lamyaa’s Ph.D. research focused on the use of enhanced Raman spectroscopy techniques for drug discovery, mRNA vaccine stability assessment, and forensics.

Lamyaa is a recipient of several awards, including the 2023 Rising Star in Analytical Chemistry award from the ACS ANYL Division and the prestigious Coblentz student award. She was elected president of a local Society for Applied Spectroscopy chapter for two consecutive years and has chaired a symposium and co-chaired sessions in internationally recognized conferences. She taught university-level chemistry courses twice as an instructor of record in the Chemistry Department at the University at Albany and has co-organized educational outreach sessions.

MIT Fellowship Research Abstract:

Lamyaa's research at the MIT Photonic Materials group will focus on utilizing photonic integrated circuits for sensing applications.


  • 2023 Rising Star in Analytical Chemistry (American Chemical Society, Analytical Chemistry Division)
  • 2023 Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • 2022 Coblentz Student Award, Coblentz Society
  • King Abdullah Scholarship Program (BS, MS, and PhD)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  • American Chemical Society
  • SPIE