Interfacing Life Sciences and Engineering
Open to all.
14 May, 2001
11:00 am
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore

The merger of life-science and engineering, specially at the micro and nanoscale, can bring about some very exciting and practical possibilities for the development of "integrated systems". Micro and nanoscale engineering can be used to solve important problems in life-sciences such as detection of biological organisms, while concepts from life sciences such as bio-inspired assembly can be used to meet significant engine manufacturing. Future integrated systems will utilize nano-scale phenomena,and micro-scale components used to interface the nano-scale components to the macro-world. This talk will present the interdisciplinary work in progress in our group in the development of these integrated systems, for example; detection of microorganisms and the determination of their viability within micro-scale bio-chips and bio-reactors, fabrication of ultra thin silicon cantilevers for high sensitivity detection of molecular byproducts of cells, integrated silicon nano-wire chemical sensors, and exploration of DNA and protein based assembly of micro and nano-particles and silicon devices.

Resource People: 
Dr Rashid Bashir
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, USA
Dr. Shahzad Alam

Rashid Bashir

Dr. Bashir is currently a Professor of Engineering and Director of Micro and Nanotechnology Labs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. He has authored or coauthored over 100 journal and conference papers and over 25 patents. His research interests include biomedical micro-electromechanical systems, applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, advanced semiconductor fabrication techniques, and nano-biotechnology.

Email Address: 
rbashir [at] illinois [dot] edu