Nathan Lindquist

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Dr. Lindquist received his M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He teaches several upper-division courses in physics and engineering but also enjoys teaching general education courses for non-science majors. His research interests include sensors, imaging, nanotechnology, optics, microscopy, spectroscopy, holography, and plasmonics. In his labs at Bethel, students tinker with lasers, microscopes, cells, and molecules while pursuing interdisciplinary research projects. Dr. Lindquist and his students have published dozens of papers and presented at many conferences. His work at Bethel has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through RUI, TUES, and CAREER grant awards.

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel College - B.S., 2002
  • University of Minnesota - M.S., 2005
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. (Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship), 2010

Research interests

Dr. Lindquist received his M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He also worked for several years developing optical biosensors at Medtronic, Inc. During graduate school and his time at Bethel, Dr. Lindquist has published or presented more than 70 papers as author or co-author, including in the prestigious journals Science, Nature Communications, and Nano Letters. His work has more than 1000 total citations and has been featured as several cover articles, in the Nature journals, and highlighted on the Discovery Channel website. His research in interdisciplinary applied optics and nanotechnology had fellowship support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at the U of MN. Dr. Lindquist’s research interests include areas such as nano-structured solar cells, nano-optical bio-sensors, nano-optical data storage and devices, plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy, and novel, low-cost nano-fabrication techniques. In his labs at Bethel, he tinkers with lasers, microscopes and molecules, and continues interdisciplinary research in nanotechnology, optical biosensing, plasmonics, microfluidics, and “lab-on-a-chip” technologies. Since coming to Bethel in 2011, he has published or presented more than 30 papers (many with undergraduate students or with collaborators at the U of MN) and has received major grant support from the NSF.