Microfluidics and Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:00pm
Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Microfluidics and Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine


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 Microfluidic devices for cell counting for global health and HIV diagnostics, 3D biofabricaton for development of biological actuators, 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 (http://mntl.illinois.edu/ 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 (www.cnst.illinois.edu), a collaboratory aimed to facilitate center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. He has authored or co-authored over 150 journal papers, over 160 conference papers and conference abstracts and has been granted 34 patents. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, APS, 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).