Carleen M. Bowers, Ph.D.

UVA LVG Seed Fund Associate

Carleen joined the UVA LVG Seed Fund in January 2018 as a Venture Associate. She works closely with Managing Director to identify and evaluate new ventures and investment opportunities emerging from the University. She also assists in managing the Fund’s growing portfolio of companies, and serves as a Board Advisor to Ceres Nanosciences, Inc.

Prior to joining the Seed Fund, Carleen served as a Principal Scientist at NanoSonic, Inc., an advanced materials and devices company that is a spinoff from research at Virginia Tech. While at NanoSonic, she led research and development programs in the design of polymer and nanocomposite materials for renewable energy and resource recovery applications for use by the DOD, NASA, and EPA. Through the award of SBIR and STTR programs, she raised non-dilutive funding to support the company’s R&D and commercialization efforts. She also completed the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps™) entrepreneurial training program. Bringing her I-Corps experience to UVA, she joined the teaching team for UVA’s regional NSF I-Corps Program.

Carleen was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University, where she investigated charge transport properties across organic thin films. Her research in molecular electronics contributed to the development and understanding of the EGaIn Junction as a tool to study charge transport. While at Harvard, she also completed coursework in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Business School.

Carleen earned her doctoral degree in chemistry from Duke University (with Professor Eric J. Toone), where she developed unconventional nanofabrication methods to pattern organic and biological molecules on surfaces at the nanoscale. She also investigated the thermodynamic parameters of molecular recognition between proteins and their ligands using single molecule force microscopy. As an undergraduate student at UVA, she performed research in the laboratory of Professor James P. Landers to develop microfluidic devices for the diagnosis of T-Cell Lymphoma. Carleen’s research has been published in more than 23 peer-reviewed publications.

As an alumna of the University, she is thrilled to return to Grounds and apply her scientific expertise to support and enhance the commercialization of transformative ideas.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Chemistry, Harvard University (2015)

Ph.D., Chemistry, Duke University (2012)

B.Sc., Chemistry, the University of Virginia (2007)