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Jessica Houston

Jessica Houston

ISAC Treasurer (2018-2022)

Dr. Jessica P. Houston is an Associate Professor of Chemical & Materials Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. At NMSU, Dr. Houston is PI of the Laboratory for Flow Cytometry and Related Biophotonics (, which is supported by NIH project: R01GM129859 (2018-2022). The research she directs include flow cytometry instrument optimization, fluorescence dynamics, high-throughput systems, optofluidics, and fluorescence bioprobes.

Dr. Houston has been at NMSU since 2009 where she first began her career in academia as an Assistant Professor. She came to NMSU after completing a 3-year Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Bioscience Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (2006-2009). Her early training also included a Research Associate appointment at the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Radiology in the Houston Texas Medical Center (2005-2006). Prior to this she received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2000-2005). Dr. Houston provides service to a variety of scientific societies, boards, and advisory councils.

She is Treasurer of ISAC, Chair of ISAC's Finance committee, and serves on several other ISAC committees. Additionally, Dr. Houston is Chair, of Science & Innovation-10 subcommittee for the CLEO Laser Science to Photonic Applications Conference Program. Dr. Houston is a regular panel member to NSF and NIH owing to her international leadership in cytometry instrumentation research. Her scientific endeavors have been presented in over 200 abstracts, 40 publications, and 25 invited talks. She holds a patent on lifetime measurements with cytometry and as a faculty member teaches fluid mechanics, biomedical engineering, process control and dynamics. In 2018 Dr. Houston became a Faculty Fulbright Scholar and lived for 6 months in Saitama-shi Japan, where she worked at Saitama University on research in fluorescence bioprobe development.

Other notable honors held by Dr. Houston include: Best Paper in Cytometry Part A, 2015; Synergy-One award (NMSU College of Engineering); Outstanding Junior Faculty (NMSU Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus); Early Career Award (NMSU Research Council); NSF CAREER grant (National Science Foundation); and being selected as an ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholar.