Amanda Bacon

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Texas, 2019

Research Interests

I am interested in biosensors and diagnostics. I am now working on a fluorescent smartphone diagnostic. In general, I am driven by projects that combine biomedical understanding and applicability for use.

Research Experience

NIH Postbac IRTA Fellow at NIDA:

Understanding Neurotransmitter Differences for Potential Psychostimulant medications

Advisor: Dr. Gigi Tanda 


University of Texas at Dallas:

Electrochemical Biosensors

Advisor: Dr. Shalini Prasad 


University of New Zealand: 

Conductive Polymer Biosensor Surfaces

Advisor: Dr. Jadranka Travas-Sejdic 


University of Texas Southwestern: 

Oligonucleotide treatment for Genetic Disorders

Advisor: Dr. David Corey


REU at University of San Diego:

Raman Spectroscopy DNA Detection

Advisor: Dr. Yeshaiahu Fainman


  1. Stevenson, H., Bacon, A., Joseph, K.M. et al. A Rapid Response Electrochemical Biosensor for Detecting Thc In Saliva. Sci Rep 9, 12701 (2019)
  2. Hersey M, Bacon AK, Bailey LG, et al. Psychostimulant Use Disorder, an Unmet Therapeutic Goal: Can Modafinil Narrow the Gap?. Front Neurosci. 2021;15:656475. Published 2021 May 26. doi:10.3389/fnins.2021.656475