Contact Information

Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Head
Department of Bioengineering
1270 Digital Computer Lab, M/C 278
1304 W. Springfield Ave. Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-1867
Fax: (217) 265-0246
Cell: (217) 722-4250


Ritu and Caroline publish a recipe in Nature Protocol to build 'bio-bots'. Congratulations, Ritu and Caroline!

Ritu wins first prize in Research Live! competition. Congratulations, Ritu!

Umer Hassan wins the Baxter award

LIBNA undergrads bag second prize in the 2016 DEBUT Challenge. Congratulations Manish, Mike, Emilee, Jake and Ishan!

Food-testing biochip wins Singapore Challenge Medallion

University of Illinois, Carle and OSF HealthCare attack overwhelming infection using engineering-based medicine

Dr. Bashir explains how the Jump simulation center creates physician innovators and inventors

Finalist in the 2014 FDA food safety challenge. One of 5 finalist for a half million price

Prof. Bashir instrumental in the first major gift to new UI med school.

Dr. Bashir Podcast featured on ASME: Engineering Bio-Hybrid Devices

Ritu Raman wins the 2015 Illinois Innovation price!

LIBNA graduate students highlight on UIUC graduate college website

Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award for Gregory Damhorst for his research focused on HIV/AIDS, his development of the Global Health Initiative

AAAS: In Biomedical Engineering, Experts See Big Research Opportunities and Some Funding Challenges

LIBNA graduate students broadened their research horizons this summer at National University of Singapore

Bio-bots featured in news worldwide!
NBC News | Forbes | Yahoo News | CNET | Popular Mechanics | Science Daily | NSF | Live Science | Tech Crunch

Skeletal Muscle Powered Bio-Bots Featured in Illinois News. Congratulations Caroline and Ritu! Watch Video on YouTube

Positions Available

  • Research Scientist Positions
  • Post-Doc Positions
  • PhD Students
  • Undergraduate Students

Recent Covers

Selected Publications

R. Raman, C. Cvetkovic, R. Bashir, "A modular approach to the design, fabrication and characterization of muscle-powered biological machines", Nature Protocol, 12(3), 519-533, 2017. - (download PDF)

R. Raman, C. Cvetkovic, S.G.M. Uzel, R.J. Platt, P. Sengupta, R.D. Kamm, R. Bashir, "Optogenetic skeletal muscle-powered adaptive biological machines", PNAS. 2016. - (download PDF)

U. Hassan, N. Watkins, B. Reddy Jr, G. Damhorst, R. Bashir, "Microfluidic differential immunocapture biochip for specific leukocyte counting", Nature Protocols, 11(4), 714-726. 2016 - (download PDF)

S. Chien, R. Bashir, R. M. Nerem, R. Pettigrew, "Engineering as a New Frontier for Translational Medicine", Science Translational Medicine, 2015. Vol. 7 no. 281 pp. 281fs13, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa4325. - (download PDF)

C. Cvetkovic*, R. Raman*, V. Chan, B. J. Williams, M. Tolish, P. Bajaj, M. L. Sakar, H. H. Asada, M. T. A. Saif, R. Bashir, "Three-dimensionally printed biological machines powered by skeletal muscle" PNAS, 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401577111. - (download PDF)

N. N. Watkins, U. Hassan, G. Damhorst, H. Ni, A. Vaid, W. Rodriguez, R. Bashir, "Microfluidic CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocyte counters for point-of-care HIV diagnostics using whole blood." Science Translational Medicine 5, 214ra170, 2013. - (download PDF)

E. Salm, C. Duarte, P. Dak, B. Dorvel, B. Reddy Jr., A. Alam, and R. Bashir, "Ultra-localized Thermal Reactions in Sub-Nanoliter Droplets-in-Air," PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1219639110, 2013. - (download PDF)

V. Chan, K. Park, M. B. Collens, H. Kong, T. A. Saif, and R. Bashir, "Walking Biological Machines with Hydrogels and Cardiomyocytes using a 3D Stereo-Lithographic Printer," Sci. Rep. 2, 857; DOI:10.1038/srep00857, 2012. - (download PDF)