BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology: Interfacing Engineering, Biology, and Medicine at the Micro and Nanoscale

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 2:00pm
Fung Auditorium | Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall
Rashid Bashir, PhD

Professor, Bioengineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology: Interfacing Engineering, Biology, and Medicine at the Micro and Nanoscale


BioMEMS and Nanotechnology can have a significant impact on medicine and biology in the areas of single cell detection, diagnosis and combating disease, providing specificity of drug delivery for therapy, and avoiding time consuming steps to provide faster results and solutions to the patient. Integration of biology and fabrication methods at the micro and nano-scale offers tremendous opportunities for solving important problems in biology and medicine and to enable a wide range of applications in diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering. In this talk, we will present an overview of our work in BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology and discuss the state of the art and the future challenges and opportunities. We will review a range of projects in our group focused towards developing point of care devices using electrical or mechanical phenomenon at the micro and nano scale and 3-D biofabrication using scaffold and living cells. We will present our work on developing nano-pores for detection of DNA and DNA methylation, Microfluidic devices for cell counting for global health, and use of micro-mechanical sensors for characterization of living cells


Rashid Bashir is the Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bioengineering, Director of the Micro and NanoTechnology Laboratory ( a campus wide clean room facility) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Co-Director of the campus-side Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (, a collaboratory aimed to facilitate center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. He has authored or co-authored over 140 journal papers, over 160 conference papers and conference abstracts and has been granted 34 patents. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, and AAAS. His research interests include Bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, Lab on a chip, interfacing biology and engineering from molecular to tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solve biomedical problems. He has been involved in 2 startups that have licensed his technologies (BioVitesse, Inc. and Daktari Diagnostics).