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

Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics
Herbert P. Broida Prize, American Physical Society
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
Teaching (Fall 2017):

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

  1. Davis, RM; Zhou, Z; Chung, H; Warren, WS, Multi-spin echo spatial encoding provides three-fold improvement of temperature precision during intermolecular zero quantum thermometry., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 75 no. 5 (May, 2016), pp. 1958-1966 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Theis, T; Ortiz, GX; Logan, AWJ; Claytor, KE; Feng, Y; Huhn, WP; Blum, V; Malcolmson, SJ; Chekmenev, EY; Wang, Q; Warren, WS, Direct and cost-efficient hyperpolarization of long-lived nuclear spin states on universal (15)N2-diazirine molecular tags., Science Advances, vol. 2 no. 3 (March, 2016), pp. e1501438 [repository], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Crumbliss, AL; Franz, KJ; Thiele, DJ, Preface. Biometals 2014--Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium Biometals 2014 at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA., BioMetals, vol. 28 no. 3 (June, 2015), pp. 431 [doi] .
  4. Shchepin, RV; Truong, ML; Theis, T; Coffey, AM; Shi, F; Waddell, KW; Warren, WS; Goodson, BM; Chekmenev, EY, Hyperpolarization of "Neat" Liquids by NMR Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange., Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 6 no. 10 (May, 2015), pp. 1961-1967 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Wilson, JW; Degan, S; Gainey, CS; Mitropoulos, T; Simpson, MJ; Zhang, JY; Warren, WS, Comparing in vivo pump-probe and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy of melanoma and pigmented lesions., Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 20 no. 5 (May, 2015), pp. 051012 [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)