About the people in LIBNA

LIBNA Group Leader

Rashid Bashir Director

Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Engineering
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD, Purdue University (1992)
MSEE, Purdue University (1989)
BSEE, Texas Tech University (1987), Summa Cum Laude


Rashid Bashir is Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, and Executive Associate Dean at the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine (2017 - present) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he was the Able Bliss Professor of Engineering, Head of Department of Bioengineering (2013 - 2017), Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (a campus-wide clean room research facility) (2007 - 2013), and Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (2010 - 2013), a "collaboratory" aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. Prior to joining UIUC, he was at Purdue University (1998 - 2007) with faculty appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering. From 1992 to 1998 he worked at National Semiconductor Corporation in Santa Clara, CA as Sr. Engineering Manager. He graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1992. He has authored or co-authored over 240 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 45 patents. He received the NSF Faculty Early Career Award and the 2012 IEEE EMBS Technical Achievement Award. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, RSC, and APS.

His research group is interested in developing new technologies for precision and personalized medicine, and 3D bio-fabrication of cellular systems. Using bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, and lab on chip, he is working at the interface of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and aiming to make an impact on grand challenges in health and medicine including cancer, sepsis, and others. He has been involved in 3 startups that have licensed his technologies.

In addition to leading his own research group, he was the PI on an NSF IGERT on Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology and PI on an NIH Training Grant on Cancer Nanotechnology. He is also co-PI on a recently funded National Research Traineeship (NRT) from NSF. He is also Associate Director and UIUC site lead on an NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (with MIT, Georgia Tech, and other partners). He was part of the founding team and co-chair of the curriculum committee for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world's first engineering based College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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