Fiorenzo Omenetto

Fiorenzo Omenetto

(617) 627-4972
4 Colby Street
Research/Areas of Interest: ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, material science, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers


  • Baccalaureat Europeen, Scuola Europea, Italy
  • Laurea (BSEE), Universita' di Pavia, Italy, 1992
  • PhD, Universita' di Pavia, Italy, 1997


Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering and a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He is the Dean of Research for the School of Engineering, and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology applications. He is co-inventor on a number of disclosures on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base for both technical and design applications. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories and a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society. In 2010, Fortune magazine named him one of its 50 smartest people in tech.

Fiorenzo Omenetto's research interests are at the interface of technology, biologically inspired materials and the natural sciences, with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications. The Silk Lab has pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for photonics, optoelectronics, and high-technology applications, and is actively investigating novel applications that rely on this new technology base.