Please visit the above links to have a more detailed look at our research projects. Below is a list of Centers that we are leading or affiliated with.

NSF MBM at UIUC - Miniature Brain Machinery

NSF STC EBICS at MIT/GT/UIUC - Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems

NSF IGERT at UIUC - Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology
(download brochure)

NIH Training Grant at UIUC - Midwestern Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center
(download brochure)

NSF CiiT (I/UCRC) at UIUC - Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology

NSF NSEC at OSU - Center for Affordable Nanoengineering for Polymeric Micro and Nanodevices



A. Integrated Lab on Chip for Detection of Cells and Microorganisms

Nanotechnology and BioMEMS will have a significant impact on medicine and biology in the areas of single cell specific detection, applying novel technologies for diagnosis and combating disease, providing specificity of drug delivery for therapy, and avoiding time consuming steps to provide faster results and solutions to the patient. We would like to enhance our group’s efforts in integrated biochip efforts from food and environmental samples and apply these silicon based devices for detection of bacteria, viruses, and cells from clinical samples for point-of-care applications. Such devices are conceptually shown below. We have integrated dielectrophoresis and antibody based capture, growth of bacterial cells, and lysing and PCR in a silicon based platform. Such devices can be of great importance to US public health and the global health applications.

Key on-going projects are:


A. Integrated Lab on Chip for Detection of Cells and Microorganisms
B. Top-Down Fabricated Biomolecular Sensors
C. Integration of Living Cells and Microstructures
D. Synthetic Biology and Building with Cells