Erik S. Douglas, Ph.D.
1998 RHS graduate
After graduation from Rockford High School as valedictorian in 1998, Dr. Erik Douglas earned a B.S. in electrical engineering in 2002 from Purdue on a full scholarship.
He earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. During this time, he also studied and conducted research at Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Stanford. In graduate school, Erik distinguished himself with fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the United Nations. He is the holder of two patents and has authored numerous high-profile research publications.
Erik has been active as a citizen scientist, teaching college classes to inmates at San Quentin, and advising the State of California and the National Academy of Sciences on science issues.
Erik has co-founded and currently leads CellScope Inc., a company that aims to make medical diagnostic technology more accessible around the world. His work has earned him grants and awards from Intel, Vodafone and the Gates Foundation. Erik’s passion for sharing the benefits of science and engineering in developing countries is also evidenced by his international work on water quality in China and his medical diagnostics in the Congo.
Erik is dedicated to academic excellence, service to community, and the pursuit of positive societal impact.