About the people in LIBNA

LIBNA Group Leader

Rashid Bashir Director

Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Head
Department 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 completed his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Oct. 1992. From Oct. 1992 to Oct. 1998, he worked at National Semiconductor in the Analog/Mixed Signal Process Technology Development Group, where he was promoted to Sr. Engineering Manager. At National Semiconductor, he led the development and commercialization of 4 analog semiconductor process technologies. He joined Purdue University in Oct. 1998 as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Courtesy Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Since Oct. 2007, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bioengineering. He was the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (mntl.illinois.edu), a campus-wide clean room facility from Oct 2007 to Aug 2013 and the Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (www.cnst.illinois.edu), a "collaboratory" aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. In Oct 2016, he was named the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering. Since Aug 2013, he has been the head of the Bioengineering Department. From Jan 2017, he will also be the Interim Vice Dean of the new Carle-Illinois 'Engineering Based' College of Medicine at UIUC.

He has authored or co-authored over 200 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, over 100 invited talks, and has been granted 38 patents. He is a fellow of 6 international professional societies (IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, APS, IAMBE, and BMES). His research interests include bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, lab on a chip, interfacing of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solving biomedical problems. Prof. Bashir's key technical contributions and achievements lie in the area of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology, especially in the use of electrical- or mechanical-based label-free methods for detection of biological entities on a chip. In addition, he has also made key contributions to 3-D fabrication methods that can be used for tissue engineering and development of cellular systems. He has been involved in 3 startups that have licensed his technologies (BioVitesse, Inc., Daktari Diagnostics, and most recently Prenosis, Inc.).

In addition to leading his own research group, he is the PI on an NSF IGERT on Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology (2009-2016) and PI on an NIH Training Grant on Cancer Nanotechnology (2009 - 2016). He is also the campus lead and Co-PI on an NSF Science and Technology Center (STC) on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (headquartered at MIT, with partners at Georgia Tech and UIUC) (2009 - 2015 and renewed for another 5 years 2015 - 2020). He is also Deputy Director of NSF Nanobio Node of the NcN (Network for Computational Nanotechnology). He also served on the external advisory board of the NIH-funded P41 BioMEMS Resource Center at Harvard/MGH and the NIH-funded Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Stanford University, and on various editorial boards.

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