Heather D. Bean Ph.D.

Arizona State University

Heather Bean earned a PhD in Chemistry in 2008 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2012 she was awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to identify volatile biomarkers of Pseudomonas aeruginosa chronic infection phenotypes, with the goal of developing breath-based diagnostics for rapid and sensitive detection of P. aeruginosa traits, such as mucoidy and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Bean joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 2015, where she continues her work to identify biomarkers of chronic lung infections that can be developed into new clinical diagnostics, with an emphasis on breath tests. She and her research team are applying advanced chromatography and mass spectrometry methods to identify the volatile and soluble metabolites produced by microbial pathogens, both in vitro and in the host lung environment through the analysis of clinical samples, such as sputum and breath.