Teri W. Odom

Professor, scientist, mentor

Teri W. Odom is Board of Lady Managers of the Columbian Exposition Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that has resulted in, for example, the discovery of a new type of “dark” surface plasmon in nanoparticle arrays and realization of the first plasmon nano-laser based on electromagnetic “hot spots.” She has also invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that are facilitating unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions, such as how nuclear deformations induced by drug-loaded agents may be correlated with cell death.