Contact Information

Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Head
Department of Bioengineering
1270 Digital Computer Lab, M/C 278
1304 W. Springfield Ave. Urbana, IL 61801
Co-Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Phone: (217) 333-1867
Fax: (217) 265-0246
Cell: (217) 722-4250


Middle school students in Louisville, KY publish article discussing Bashir group biobots

CD4+/CD8+ T Cell counter featured on cover of Science Translational Medicine

Biobot work mentioned on

Watch: The Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative

LIBNA group hosts EBICS REU Students

Biobots in the NY Times!

Undergrad Lorraine De Jesús Kim wins Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Outstanding Young Researcher Award

Dr. Bashir featured on AAAS Member Central website

Dr. Bashir featured in video on IEEE Life Sciences website

Mayo Clinic and Illinois researchers develop new sensor for methylated DNA:
link 1 | link 2

Bio-bots featured in news worldwide!
Online: NBC News | BBC News Tech | CNN Money | Discovery News | National Geographic | Popular Mechanics | Scientific American | The Scientist | Txchnologist by GE | Atlantic Wire | IEEE Spectrum | Illinois News Bureau | NASA Tech Brief

In Print: The Daily Illini | The Chicago Tribune | The Daily Item | The Los Angeles Times |
Also syndicated by the New York Times

Videos: PBS "Chicago Tonight" | Mashable | Engineering Newswire
To appear in: Biofutur (France), Plàstico Industrial (Brazil)

Smart Bandages Grow Blood Vessels feature on InsideScienceTV

High school student Chelsea Edwards works with Bashir lab as part of I-STEM program

Prof. Bashir wins EMBS Technical Achievement Award for significant contributions to the development of micro and nanoscale biosensors

Vincent featured in EBICS Experimental methods for Biological Machines video

LIBNA group making tissue bandage for heart

Nicholas Watkins develops award-winning product that could improve AIDS treatment

Team designs a bandage that spurs, guides blood vessel growth

Prof. Bashir elected fellow of AAAS

Prof. Bashir co-guest edits the November/December 2011 issue of IEEE Pulse on BioMEMS

Positions Available

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

Research Interests

Our vision in integrating biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology can be categorized into two broad areas, namely how micro/nano-fabrication can help solve problems in life sciences (such as diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering), and how we can learn more from life science to solve important problems in micro/nano-science and engineering (such as bio-inspired self-assembly, etc.).

Selected Publications

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)

J. H. Jeong, V. Chan, C. Cha, P. Zorlutuna, C. Dyck, K. Jimmy Hsia, R. Bashir, and H. J. Kong, ““Living” Microvascular Stamp for Patterning of Functional Neovessels; Orchestrated Control of Matrix Property and Geometry.” Advanced Materials, Vol. 24, no. 1, Jan. 3, 2012, Cover Article - (download PDF)

B. M. Venkatesan and R. Bashir, "Nanopore Sensors for Nucleic Acid Analysis". Nature Nanotechnology, 2011, 10.1038/nnano.2011.129. - (download PDF)

A. D. Radadia, C. J. Stavis, R. Carr, H. Zeng, W. King, J. A. Carlisle, A. Aksimentiev, R. J. Hamers, R. Bashir, “Ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films as stable antibody tethering surfaces for bacterial capture”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2011, 21, 1040-1050. Cover Article - (download PDF)

N. N. Watkins, S. Sridhar, X. Cheng, M. Toner, W. Rodriguez, and R. Bashir, “A microfabricated electrical differential counter for the selective enumeration of CD4+ T lymphocytes”, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 1437-1447. Cover Article. Also selected as Hot Article on RSC Website. - (download PDF)

K. Park, L. J. Millet, J. Huan, N. Kim, G. Popescu, N. Aluru, K. J. Hsia, R. Bashir, "Measurement of adherent cell mass and growth", Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010. doi/10.1073/pnas.1011365107 - (download PDF)

D. Akin, J. Sturgis, K. Burkholder, D. Sherman, S. Muhammad, A. Bhunia, J. Paul Robinson, R. Bashir, "Bacterial Mediated Delivery of Nanoparticles in Cells", Nature Nanotechnology, 149, 441-449, 2007. - (download PDF)

S. Iqbal, D. Akin, R. Bashir, "Solid State Nanopores with DNA Selectivity", Nature Nanotechnology, 2, 243 - 248, 01 Apr 2007. - (download PDF)

A. Gupta, P. Nair, D. Akin, S. Broyles, M. Ladisch, A. Alam, R. Bashir, "Anamolous Resonance in a Nanomechanical Biosensor", Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA. August 28, 2006, 103: 13362-13367. - (download PDF)

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