Current Positions

Lowell G. Battershell Endowed Chair and Associate Professor (primary appointment)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Associate Professor
Physics and Astronomy Department

Iowa Technology Institute

Iowa-CREATES and MATFab Facility

Associate Member
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center - Experimental Therapeutics Program

Guest Editor - SPIE Special Section Guest Editorial: Solar Energy Solutions for Electricity and Water Supply in Rural Areas 
Guest Editor - SPIE Special Section Guest Editorial: Tandem Junction Solar Cells
Associate Editor for the SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy 


Senior Member (starting June 2019 - )
Lead Editor - Biomedical Optics Express Journal Special Feature Mid-infrared lasers for medical applications
Lead Editor - Applied Optics Journal Special Feature Near- to mid-IR (1–13 μm) III-V semiconductor lasers
Chair-Laser Systems Technical Group (2016-2018, 3 years term)
Technical Group Development Chair on the Optica Board of Meetings (appointed by the Optica President, 2018-2020, 3 years term)

Co-founder, Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer at Firefly Photonics LLC


Vice President, Juggernaut Life Sciences LLC



Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 2009
M.A. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 2006
B.S. Double Major in Physics and Engineering Science, Smith College, 2004

CV as of April 2021


Professor Fatima (pronounced: Faa-teh-maa) Toor is a Lowell G. Battershell Endowed Chair Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department with secondary appointments at the Physics and Astronomy department, Iowa Technology Institute (formerly CCAD), the Iowa-CREATES and MATFab facility at the University of Iowa. She is also an associate member of the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center - Experimental Therapeutics program. Dr. Toor is the co-founder and Vice President at an Iowa-based startup, Firefly Photonics LLC, which is developing mid-infrared lasers and LEDs for medical and security applications. Her current research involves the design, fabrication, and testing of innovative photonic devices for applications in the health, environment, and energy industries. Prior to UIowa, she was a Research Analyst at Lux Research, a multinational technical advisory firm, where she helped global clients – Innovation 1000 corporations, leading institutional investors, utilities, and public policy makers – make better strategic decisions and monitor the ever changing global solar market. At Lux her primary role was to help her clients build their innovation pipeline by evaluating startups in the solar industry. She traveled to the EU, China, Japan, and South Korea during this time to visit clients on-site and present at international conferences. Before joining Lux, Dr. Toor was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Silicon Materials and Devices group at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). While at NREL, Dr. Toor improved on the previous best efficiency of nanoporous black crystalline silicon solar cells, a technology that was patented. During her undergraduate years, Dr. Toor interned for two summers at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory working in a Class 100 cleanroom on process optimization of crystalline silicon microelectronics fabrication and nanoimprint lithography.


Dr. Toor obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in electrical engineering from Princeton University where she developed spectrally high performing (4-wavelength; time and wavelength multiplexed; single mode) InGaAs/InAlAs/InP based mid-infrared wavelength quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). While at Princeton, she also minored in physics and Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her B.S. degree with a double major in engineering sciences and physics from Smith College. Dr. Toor is a member of American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and Sigma Xi Research Honors Society. Dr. Toor has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented at various scientific conferences and received several awards for academic excellence.


Professor Toor as a Student Researcher and Research Analyst, Glimpses from the Past

Lux Research, Research Analyst

Mid-IR Technologies for the Health and Environment (MIRTHE ) NSF-ERC, Princeton University

Smith College (Electronics Lab)
Smith College (Hearing Research Lab) 
Recent Glimpses of Research in the Toor Lab

Prof. Toor interviewed by Technically Iowa Podcast about her career and move to Iowa all the way from Boston!

Prof. Toor discusses her research as part of the Communicating Ideas workshop for UI faculty (video link).

Prof. Toor receives the medallion for her endowed Chair position from the University! (2021)


Leland Nordin and Lauren Davidson featured on the ECE department marketing poster.



Local media coverage of our team's research work on cancer biomarker detection biosensor and participation in the 2016 Photonics West Startup Challenge, where we were semi-finalists.

Professor Toor awarded the 40 under Forty Honor (Nominated due to outstanding research performance)

Professor Toor awarded the 2018 Outstanding Research Mentor award based on mentorship of undergrad researchers, who to-date have landed graduate research positions at highly competitive graduate programs and employers. 


Media coverage of our team's research work on cancer biomarker detection biosensor in Iowa Engineer magazine.

Featured faculty member in the 2017 "Dare to Discover" Campaign that highlighted faculty who are conducting groundbreaking research on-campus.

OSA published interview with Prof. Toor on Senior Member Insights in its July 2020 Optics and Photonics News magazine.

Professor Toor's professional achievements and career advice for young professionals featured in the February 2018 IEEE Photonics Society newsletter.

Professor Toor's interview on her career path and advise for young professionals is posted on Optica Member Stories Archive website (search:"Toor")