Contact Information

Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Dean, Grainger College of Engineering
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering

Office of the Dean / 306 Engineering Hall /
1308 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-2150
Reference Letter Requests Email:

Brief Bio

Research Administrative Assistant: Dot Gordon


Prof. Bashir receives AIMBE Professional Impact Award!

Microcancers cell culture technique featured in Illinois News

Crumpled graphene biosensor featured in Illinois News

In-vitro 3D Neural Tissue Model featured in Illinois News

NMJ driven swimmer featured in Illinois News | NSF

LIBNA alumnus, Ritu Raman, on 35 Innovators Under 35 list!

Leanna Troncoso awarded the "Researcher of the Summer" by the SROP Research Team Leader. Congratulations, Leanna!

NMJ on grooved platform featured in Illinois News

Prof. Bashir named College of Engineering dean

LIBNA alumnus, Ritu Raman, on Forbes 30 under 30 list!

Prof. Bashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Our biochip for sepsis stratification published in Nature Communications!
Illinois News |

Anurup Ganguli and team among 5 finalists nation-wide in "2017 Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare". Congratulations, Anurup and team!

Development of Living Machines Featured by ASME Magazine

Abdul Muyeed awarded High Distinction for undergraduate research. Congratulations, Abdul!

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

Y. Kim, Y. Yang, X. Zhang, Z. Li, A. Vazquez-Guardado, I. Park, J. Wang, A. I. Efimov, Z. Dou, Y. Wang, J. Park, H. Luan, X. Ni, Y. S. Kim, J. Baek, J. J. Park, Z. Xie, H. Zhao, M. Gazzola, J. A. Rogers, R. Bashir, "Remote control of muscle-driven miniature robots with battery-free wireless optoelectronics", Science Robotics 8, eadd1053, 2023 (download PDF)

A. Ganguli, J. Lim, A. Mostafa, C. Saavedra, A. Rayabharam, N. R. Aluru, M. Wester, K. C. White, J. Kumar, R. McGuffin, A. Frederick, E. Valera, R. Bashir, "A culture-free biphasic approach for sensitive and rapid detection of pathogens in dried whole-blood matrix", PNAS, 119, e2209607119, 2022 (download PDF)

H. Zhao, Y. Kim, H. Wang, X. Ning, C. Xu. J. Suh, M. Han, G. J. Pagan-Diaz, W. Lu, H. Li, W. Bai, O. Aydin, Y. Park, J. Wang, Y. Yao, Y. He, M. T. A. Saif, Y. Huang, R. Bashir, J. A. Rogers, "Compliant 3D frameworks instrumented with strain sensors for characterization of millimeter-scale engineered muscle tissues", PNAS 118, e2100077118, 2021 (download PDF)

A. Ganguli, A. Mostafa, C. Saavedra, Y. Kim, P. Le, V. Faramarzi, R. W. Feathers, J. Berger, K. P. Ramos-Cruz, O. Adeniba, G. J. Pagan-Diaz, J. Drnevich, C. L. Wright, A. G. Hernandez, W. Lin, A. M. Smith, F. Kosari, G. Vasmatzis, P. Z. Anastasiadis, R. Bashir , "Three-dimensional microscale hanging drop arrays with geometric control for drug screening and live tissue imaging", Science Advances 7, eabc1323, 2021 (download PDF)

A. Ganguli, A. Mostafa, J. Berger, M. Y. Aydin, F. Sun, S. A. S. de Ramirez, E. Valera, B. T. Cunningham, W. P. King, and R. Bashir, "Rapid isothermal amplification and portable detection system for SARS-CoV-2", PNAS 117, 22727 2020 (download PDF)

M. T. Hwang, M. Heiranian, Y. Kim, S. You, J. Leem, A. Taqieddin, V. Faramarzi, Y. Jing, I. Park, A. M. van der Zande, S. Nam, N. R. Aluru, and R. Bashir, "Ultrasensitive detection of nucleic acids using deformed graphene channel field effect biosensors", Nature Communication 11, 1543 2020 (download PDF)

G. J. Pagan-Diaz, K. P. Ramos-Cruz, R. Sam, M. E. Kandel, O. Aydin, M. T. A. Saif, G. Popescu, R. Bashir, "Engineering geometrical 3-dimensional untethered in vitro neural tissue mimic", PNAS, 116, 25932 2019 (download PDF)

A. Ganguli, A. Ornob, N. Spegazzini, Y. Liu, G. Damhorst, T. Ghonge, B. Thornton,C.J. Konopka, W. Dobrucki, S.E. Clare, R. Bhargava, A.M. Smith, F. Kosari, R. Bashir, "Pixelated spatial gene expression analysis from tissue", Nature Communications 9:202, 2018 (download PDF)

U. Hassan, T. Ghonge, B. Reddy, M. Patel, M. Rappleye, I. Taneja, A. Tanna, R. Healey, N. Mansury, Z. Price, T. Jensen, J. Berger, A. Hasnain, E. Flaugher, S. Liu, B. Davis, J. Kumar, R. Bashir, "A point-of-care microfluidic biochip for quantification of CD64 expression from whole blood for sepsis stratification", Nature Communications 8, 15949, 2017- (download PDF)

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)