Antonio J. Ricco received a BS and PhD in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1980) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), respectively. He was a member of Sandia National Laboratories’ Microsensor R&D Department from 1984 – 1998, focusing on chemical microsensor systems utilizing acoustic wave, optical, micromachined, electrochemical, and electronic platforms. He was a Guest Professor at the University of Heidelberg’s Applied Physical Chemistry Institute during the fall semester of 1996. From 1999 – 2003, he was ACLARA BioSciences’ Sr. Director of Microtechnologies and Materials, his group developing core technologies for the commercialization of single-use plastic microfluidic array systems for bioanalytical applications, particularly genetic analysis, high-throughput pharmaceutical discovery, and proteomics.
Presently he is Director of the National Center for Space Biological Technologies and Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, as well as President and Cofounder of Eclipse Sciences, Inc. Dr. Ricco is the co-author of over 200 presentations, 140 publications, and a dozen patents. He is a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society, past Chair of the Sensor Division of The Electrochemical Society, and a recipient of that division’s Outstanding Achievement Award. With Professor Richard Crooks, he cofounded the Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Sensors and Interfacial Design and edited a special issue of the journal Accounts of Chemical Research devoted to chemical sensors. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analytical Chemistry and is presently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical. He is past technical and general chair of the Hilton Head Workshop on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems, a trustee of the Transducers Research Foundation, and a member of the International Steering Committee for Solid-State Sensors, Actuators & Microsystems. Dr. Ricco’s current interests focus on the development of miniaturized, integrated biosystems for autonomous, in-situ molecular biological analysis of organisms carried aboard space probes, as well as the development of new approaches to multiplexed molecular diagnostics.