Herdeline Ann (Digs) M. Ardoña is originally from Valenzuela City, Philippines. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2011. In 2017, she completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins, with funding support from Schlumberger Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her dissertation was focused on understanding the molecular design, photophysical properties, and supramolecular principles towards developing pi-conjugated peptide assemblies as bioelectronic nanomaterials. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Disease Biophysics Group at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. As the 2018-2020 ACS Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow, she investigated the structural and functional impacts of multiple engineered nanomaterials through microphysiological platforms and biohybrid models. Digs started as an Assistant Professor at the UCI Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in Fall 2020.


Aside from being passionate for STEM research, she is also an art and music enthusiast. She enjoys painting and playing the guitar.


2020 – present

University of California, Irvine

Assistant Professor

Deparment of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering; Department of Chemistry (joint appointment)

Member, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

Member, Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) Program

2017 – 2020

Harvard University, ACS Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow

2012 – 2017

Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. Chemistry

2007 – 2012

University of the Philippines Diliman

Instructor 5, Institute of Chemistry (2011- 2012)

B.S. Chemistry, summa cum laude, (2007- 2011)


12th Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow, American Chemical Society (2018 – 2020)
International Student Research Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2015 – 2017)

Faculty for the Future Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation (2014 – 2017)