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Caroline de Gracia Lux received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg under the mentorship of Marie Pierre Krafft, Ph.D. synthesizing and evaluating new classes of fluorinated surfactants to promote self-assembly and compartmentalized systems for material science applications.

Following her Ph.D., she completed postdoctoral training at UCSD focusing on biocompatible materials for theranostic applications. She was instrumental in the success of various projects on polymeric materials that degrade and release their contents in response to either abnormal biological conditions or by remote optical activation. She concurrently completed a Micro-MBA program at UCSD (Rady School of Management) that focused on communication, leadership in high performance teams, finance, strategy and marketing.

She recently joined the newly established Translational Research in Ultrasound Theranostics program at UT Southwestern Dept of Radiology. Her current research interest is combining creative synthetic chemistry and formulation to develop ultrasound contrast agent with sophisticated architecture aimed to address a wide range of challenges in cancer imaging and treatment.

Ongoing projects focus on the stabilization of low boiling point perfluorocarbon emulsion using a low interfacial tension approach, the development of new activatable ultrasound contrast agents and multimodal imaging probes.


University of Upper Alsace (2005), Chemistry
Graduate School
University of Upper Alsace (2007), Chemistry
Graduate School
University of Strasbourg (2010), Chemistry
Graduate School
Uni of California-San Diego (2015), Business Administration

Research Interest

  • Microbubbles, Nanobubbles, Nanodroplets, Ultrasound Contrast Agents, Perfluorocarbon Emulsions, Chemistry, Bioresponsive Materials, Perfluorocarbon Emulsions for Pulmonary Indications, Immunotherapy


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Short Soluble Coumarin Crosslinkers for Light Controlled Release of Cells and Proteins from Hydrogels.
de Gracia Lux C, Lux J, Collet G, He S, Chan M, Olejniczak J, Foucault-Collet A, Almutairi A Biomacromolecules 2015 Sep
Light-responsive nanoparticle depot to control release of a small molecule angiogenesis inhibitor in the posterior segment of the eye.
Huu VA, Luo J, Zhu J, Zhu J, Patel S, Boone A, Mahmoud E, McFearin C, Olejniczak J, de Gracia Lux C, Lux J, Fomina N, Huynh M, Zhang K, Almutairi A J Control Release 2015 Feb 200 71-7
Near-infrared-induced heating of confined water in polymeric particles for efficient payload release.
Viger ML, Sheng W, Doré K, Alhasan AH, Carling CJ, Lux J, de Gracia Lux C, Grossman M, Malinow R, Almutairi A ACS Nano 2014 May 8 5 4815-26
Collective activation of MRI agents via encapsulation and disease-triggered release.
Viger ML, Sankaranarayanan J, de Gracia Lux C, Chan M, Almutairi A J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013 May 135 21 7847-50

Honors & Awards

  • Haberecht Wildhare Idea (UT Southwestern)
  • Emerging Scientist Award (Children Cancer Research Fund)
  • Innovating Project "Doctoriales d' Alsace" (CNRS and Region Alsace)
  • Travel Fellowship (French Society of Chemistry and Doctoral School of Chemistry)
  • Travel Fellowship (Groupe Francais du Fluor)
  • Engineering Doctorate Fellowship (CNRS and Region Alsace)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (2011)
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (2017)
  • Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (2018)
  • Materials Research Society (2017)
  • Society for Biomaterials (2018)