Warren S. Warren, James B. Duke Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director, Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging  

Warren S. Warren
Contact Info:
Office Location:  2217 FFSC
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1604
Email Address:   send me a message
Web Page: http://www.chem.duke.edu/~wwarren


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1980
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1979
A.B. - Chemistry and Physics, summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1977
Research Interests:

Our work focuses on the design and application of what might best be called novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics. The heart of the work is chemical physics, and most of what we do is ultrafast laser spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance. It generally involves an intimate mixture of theory and experiment: recent publications are roughly an equal mix of pencil- and-paper theory, computer calculations with our workstations, and experiments. Collaborations also play an important role, particularly for medical applications.


Medical Imaging
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Deputy Editor (Physics), Science Advances
Liversedge Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
Mees Medal, Optical Society of America
Chair, Fellowship Committee, International Society for Magnetic Resonance
Elected Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
Executive Committee and Program Committee, International Society for Magnetic Resonance
Elected Fellow, Optical Society of America
Herbert P. Broida Prize, American Physical Society
Chair, Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society
Award for Outstanding Achievements in Magnetic Resonance, Eastern Analytical Symposium
Fellow (Inaugural Class), International Society for Magnetic Resonance
Laserfest Technical Advisory Committee, Joint APS/OSA/SPIE/IEEE
Program Co-Chair, Imaging in 2020
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1986-1988
Closs Lectureship, University of Chicago, 1998
Dreyfus Foundation Young Faculty Grant, 1982
Eastern Analytical Symposium NMR Presentation Award, 1996
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1991-1994
McKnight Innovation Award in Neuroscience, 1999
Meloche Lectureship, University of Wisconsin, 2002
Microwave Design Award, Microwave Journal/Minicircuits Corporation, 1985
Nobel Laureate Signature Award, Presented by the American Chemical Society, 1982
Outstanding Academic Book, Choice Magazine (American Library Association), 2000, 1994
Philips Lecturer on Science and Technology, Haverford College, November 1995
Who's Who in the World, since the 18th edition, 2001
Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004
Chairman, Experimental NMR Conference
Executive Committee, Experimental NMR Conference
Elected Fellow, AAAS
Chairman, Princeton Section, American Chemical Society
Outstanding Academic Book, Choice Magazine, American Library Association
Chairman, Princeton Section, American Chemical Society
Innovation Award in Neuroscience (Inaugural Year), McKnight Foundation
Elected Fellow, American Physical Society
Executive Committee, Experimental NMR Conference
Outstanding Academic Book, Choice Magazine, American Library Association
Chairman, Princeton Section, American Chemical Society
Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
Charter Member, Defense Science Study Group, Institute for Defense Analyses
Nobel Laureate Signature Award, American Chemical Society
Young Faculty Grant, Dreyfus Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation
Graduate Fellow, National Science Foundation
Harvard National Scholar, Harvard University
Teaching (Fall 2017):

    Physics 299, W 07:30 PM-09:30 PM
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Puza, CJ; Warren, WS; Mosca, PJ, Correction to: The changing landscape of dermatology practice: melanoma and pump-probe laser microscopy., Lasers in Medical Science (October, 2017) [doi]  [abs].
  2. Shen, K; Logan, AWJ; Colell, JFP; Bae, J; Ortiz, GX; Theis, T; Warren, WS; Malcolmson, SJ; Wang, Q, Diazirines as Potential Molecular Imaging Tags: Probing the Requirements for Efficient and Long-Lived SABRE-Induced Hyperpolarization., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 56 no. 40 (September, 2017), pp. 12112-12116 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Shchepin, RV; Goodson, BM; Theis, T; Warren, WS; Chekmenev, EY, Toward Hyperpolarized 19 F Molecular Imaging via Reversible Exchange with Parahydrogen., Chemphyschem, vol. 18 no. 15 (August, 2017), pp. 1961-1965 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Wilson, JW; Robles, FE; Deb, S; Warren, WS; Fischer, MC, Comparison of pump-probe and hyperspectral imaging in unstained histology sections of pigmented lesions., Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 8 no. 8 (August, 2017), pp. 3882-3890 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Zhou, Z; Yu, J; Colell, JFP; Laasner, R; Logan, A; Barskiy, DA; Shchepin, RV; Chekmenev, EY; Blum, V; Warren, WS; Theis, T, Long-Lived 13C2 Nuclear Spin States Hyperpolarized by Parahydrogen in Reversible Exchange at Microtesla Fields., Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 8 no. 13 (July, 2017), pp. 3008-3014 [doi]  [abs].
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Zhijian Zhou  
  • Ryan Davis  
  • Kevin Claytor  
  • Mary Jane Simpson  
  • Tana Villafana  
  • Jongkang Park  
  • Yesu Feng  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Sanghamitra Deb (2013/01-present)  
  • Hyejin Yoo (2013/01-present)  
  • Francisco Robles (2012 - present)  
  • Simone Degan (2010 - present)  
  • Jesse Wilson (2010 - present)