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Rashid Bashir


Primary Affiliation

Molecular Design and Engineering


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Grainger Engineering Administration

Phone 333-2150



  • Biography

    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 (, 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 (, a “collaboratory” aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. Since Aug 2013, he is now the head of the Bioengineering department.

    He has authored or co-authored over 200 journal papers, over 180 conference papers and conference abstracts, over 110 invited talks, and has been granted 37 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 ElectroCyt).

    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 BioMEMS Resource Center at Harvard/MGH and the NIH-funded Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Stanford University, and on various journal editorial boards.

  • Honors

    Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award from Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting (2018); UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Faculty Leadership (2017); Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016–present); Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) (2015); Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) (2015); Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) (2013); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2012); IEEE EMBS Technical Achievement Award, “For significant contributions to the development of micro and nanoscale biosensors,” (2012); Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2010); Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2009); IEEE Electron Device Society EDS Distinguished Lecturer (2009–2014); Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (2007–2016); Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2005–2010); Small Times Magazine: one of five Finalists for “Innovator of the Year” Award (2005); “Global Indus Technovator” Award 2003, in Materials and Devices, from the MIT Sloan Business School and the Indian Business Club. A Top 20 technologist of South Asian background in 2003; NSF Faculty Early Career Award (2000–2004); Ruth and Joel Spira “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University (2004).

  • 2017

    • A. Ganguli, A. Ornob, H. Yu, G.L. Damhorst, W. Chen, F. Sun, A. Bhuiya, B.T. Cunningham, R. Bashir, “Hands-free smartphone-based diagnostics for simultaneous detection of Zika, Chinkungunya, and Dengue at point-of-care,” Biomedical Microdevices, 2017 (In Press).
    • C. Cvetkovic, M. C. Ferrall-Fairbanks, E. Ko, L. Grant, H. J. Kong, M. O. Platt & R. Bashir, "Investigating the Life Expectancy and Proteolytic Degradation of Engineered Skeletal Muscle Biological Machines," Scientific Reports, 7, Article Number: 3775 , 2017, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-03723-8.
    • C. Cvetkovic, M. Rich, R. Raman, H. Kong, and R. Bashir, “A 3D Printed Platform for Modular Neuromuscular Motor Units,” Microsystems and Nanoengineering, June 19, 2017. DOI:10.1038/micronano.2017.15.
    • E. A. Corbin, O. O. Adeniba, O. V. Cangellaris, W. P. King, R. Bashir, Evidence of differential mass change rates between human breast cancer cell lines in culture, Biomedical Microdevices, 2017, 19(1), 1-7. DOI:10.1007/s10544-017-0151-x.
    • J. Shim, S. Banerjee, H. Qiu, K. Smithe, D. Estrada, J. Bello, E. Pop, K. Schulten, and R. Bashir, “Detection of Biomolecules using Nanopores in CVD grown MoS2 Membrane,” Nanoscale, 2017 DOI:10.1039/C7NR03092D.
    • R. Raman, L. Grant, Y. Seo, C. Cvetkovic, M. Gapinske, A. Palasz, H. Dabbous, H. Kong, P. P. Pinera, and R. Bashir, "Damage, Healing, and Remodeling in Optogenetic Skeletal Muscle Bioactuators," Advanced Healthcare Materials, 1700030, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201700030. Cover Article.
    • W. Chen, H. Yu, F. Sun, A. Ornob, R. Brisbin, A. Ganguli, V. Vemuri, P. Strzebonski, G. Cui, K. J. Allen, S. A. Desai, W. Lin, D. M. Nash, D. Hirschberg, I. Brooks, R. Bashir, and B. T. Cunningham, “Mobile Platform for Multiplexed Detection and Differentiation of Disease-specific Nucleic Acid Sequences, Using Microfluidic Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification and Smartphone Detection,” Analytical Chemistry, 2017 (In Press).


    • E. Corbin, O. Adeniba, R. H. Ewoldt, R. Bashir, Dynamic Mechanical Measurements of the Viscosity of Single Adherent Cells, Applied Physics Letters, 2016. 108, 093701.
    • M. Melhem, J. Park, L. Knapp, L. Reinkensmeyer, M. Lee, J. Flewellyn, C. Cvetkovic, T. Jensen, R. Bashir, H. J. Kong, L. Schook, 3D printed stem cell-laden, microchanneled hydrogel patch for the enhanced release of cell-secreting factors and treatment of myocardial infarctions, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.6b00176.
    • R. Raman, B. Bhaduri, A. Shkumatov, M. K. Lee, M. Mir, G. Popescu, H. Kong, R. Bashir, High-Resolution Projection Micro-Stereolithography for Patterning of Neovasculature, Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2016. 2016 Mar;5(5):610-9. DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201500721.
    • R. Raman, N. E. Clay, S. Sen, M. Melhem, E. Qin, H. Kong, R. Bashir, 3D printing enables separation of orthogonal functions within a hydrogel particle, Biomedical Microdevices, 2016, 5, 23; DOI:10.1007/s10544-016-0068-9.


    • Kang, S. K.; Hwang, S. W.; Yu, S.; Seo, J. H.; Corbin, E. A.; Shin, J.; Wie, D. S.; Bashir, R.; Ma, Z. Q.; Rogers, J. A., Biodegradable Thin Metal Foils and Spin-on Glass Materials for Transient Electronics. Advanced Functional Materials 2015, 25, (12), 1789-1797, DOI:10.1002/adfm.201403469.
    • Banerjee, S.; Wilson, J.; Shim, J.; Shankla, M.; Corbin, E. A.; Aksimentiev, A.; Bashir, R., Slowing DNA Transport Using Graphene-DNA Interactions. Advanced Functional Materials 2015, 25, (6), 936-946, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201403719.
    • Corbin, E. A.; Kong, F.; Lim, C. T.; King, W. P.; Bashir, R., Biophysical Properties of Human Breast Cancer Cells Measured Using Silicon Mems Resonators and Atomic Force Microscopy. Lab on a Chip 2015, 15, (3), 839-847, DOI:10.1039/C4lc01179a.
    • G. L. Damhorst, C. Duarte-Guevara, W. Chen, T. Ghonge, B. Cunningham, and R. Bashir, Smartphone-imaged HIV-1 reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) on a chip from minimally-processed whole blood samples, Engineering, 2015, 1(3): 324-335, DOI:10.15302/J-ENG-2015072.
    • Hu, H.; Banerjee, S.; Estrada, D.; Bashir, R.; King, W. P., Tip-Based Nanofabrication of Arbitrary Shapes of Graphene Nanoribbons for Device Applications. RSC Advances 2015, 5, (46), 37006-37012, DOI:10.1039/C5ra04257g.
    • K. Lee, M. H. Rich, A. Shkumatov, C. Liu, J. H. Jeong, L. LyeTheng, M. D. Boppart, M. U. Gillette, R. Bashir, J. Lee, H.J. Kong, Glacier Moraine Formation-Mimicking Colloidal Particle Assembly in Microchanneled, Bioactive Hydrogel for Guided Vascular Network Construction. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2015, 4: 169. DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201570008.
    • O. Khatib, J. D. Wood, A. S. McLeod, M. Goldflam, M. Wagner, G. L. Damhorst , J. C. Koepke , G. P. Doidge, A. Rangarajan, R. Bashir, E. Pop , J. W. Lyding, M. Thiemens, F. Keilmann, and D. N. Basov, Graphene-based platform for nano-scale infrared near-field nano-spectroscopy of biomolecules in aqueous media, ACS Nano, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b01184.


    • 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.
    • Corbin, E. A.; Dorvel, B. R.; Millet, L. J.; King, W. P.; Bashir, R., Micro-Patterning of Mammalian Cells on Suspended Mems Resonant Sensors for Long-Term Growth Measurements. Lab on a Chip 2014, 14, (8), 1401-1404, DOI: 10.1039/c3lc51217g.
    • E. A. Corbin, F. Kong, C. T. Lim, W. P. King, and R. Bashir, Biophysical Properties of Human Breast Cancer Cells Measured Using Silicon MEMS Resonators, Lab on a Chip, 2014. DOI:10.1039/C4LC01179A.
    • E. Corbin, L. J. Millet, K. R. Keller, W. P. King, and R. Bashir, Measuring Physical Properties of Neuronal and Glial Cells in Primary Culture with Resonant Microsensors,. Analytical Chemistry, 2014, DOI:10.1021/ac5000625.
    • H. Hwang, G. Park, C. Edwards, E. Corbin, S. Kang, H. Cheng, J. Song, J. Kim, S. Yu, J. Ng, J. Lee, C. Yee, B. Bhaduri, Y. Su, F. G. Omennetto, Y. Huang, R. Bashir, L. Goddard, G. Popescu, K. Lee, and J. A. Rogers, Chemistry and biocompatibility of single crystalline silicon nanomembranes and associated materials for transient electronics. ACS Nano, 2014, DOI:10.1021/nn500847g.
    • K. Lee, M. H. Rich, A. Shkumatov, C. Liu, J. H. Jeong, L. LyeTheng, M. D. Boppart, M. U. Gillette, R. Bashir, J. Lee, H.J. Kong, Glacier Moraine Formation-Mimicking Colloidal Particle Assembly in Microchanneled, Bioactive Hydrogel for Guided Vascular Network Construction. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2015, 4: 169. DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201570008.
    • Popescu, G.; Park, K.; Mir, M.; Bashir, R., New Technologies for Measuring Single Cell Mass. Lab on a Chip 2014, 14, (4), 646-652, DOI: 10.1039/c3lc51033f.


    • Banerjee, S.; Shim, J.; Rivera, J.; Jin, X. Z.; Estrada, D.; Solovyeva, V.; You, X.; Pak, J.; Pop, E.; Aluru, N.; Bashir, R., Electrochemistry at the Edge of a Single Graphene Layer in a Nanopore. ACS Nano 2013, 7, (1), 834-843.
    • Bhaduri, B.; Wickland, D.; Wang, R.; Chan, V.; Bashir, R.; Popescu, G., Cardiomyocyte Imaging Using Real-Time Spatial Light Interference Microscopy (Slim). Plos One 2013, 8, (2).
    • Corbin, E. A.; Millet, L. J.; Pikul, J. H.; Johnson, C. L.; Georgiadis, J. G.; King, W. P.; Bashir, R., Micromechanical Properties of Hydrogels Measured with MEMS Resonant Sensors. Biomedical Microdevices 2013, 15, (2), 311-319.
    • G. Damhorst, C. Smith, E. Salm, M. Sobieraj, H. Ni, H. Kong, R. Bashir, A liposome-based ion release impedance sensor for biological detection. Biomedical Microdevices, 2013. DOI:10.1007/s10544-013-9778-4.
    • J. Schmidt, J. Jeong, V. Chan, K. Baek, M. Lai, C. Cha, R. Bashir, H. Kong, Tailoring the Dependency between Rigidity and Water Uptake of a Microfabricated Hydrogel with the Conformational Rigidity of a Polymer Cross-linker, Biomacromolecules, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/bm302004v.
    • J. Shim, G. Humphreys, B.M. Venkatesan, J.M. Munz, X. Zou, C. Sathe, K. Schulten, F. Kosari, A. Nardulli, G. Vasmatzis, and R. Bashir, Detection and Quantification of Methylation in DNA using Solid-State Nanopores, Scientific Reports, 2013, 3, 1389.
    • K. Baek, J. H. Jeong, A. Shkumatov, R. Bashir, and H. Kong, In situ Self-Folding Assembly of Multi-Walled Hydrogel Tube for Uniaxial, Sustained Molecular Release, Advanced Materials, 2013 DOI:10.1002/adma.201300951. Inside cover article.


    • E. J. De Souza, W. Ahmed, V. Chan, R. Bashir, M. T. A. Saif, Cardiac myocytes' dynamic contractile behavior differs depending on heart segment. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2012, DOI:10.1002/bit.24725.
    • J. H. Jeong, V. Chan, C. Cha, P. Zortuluna, C. Dyck, K. Jimmy Hsia, R. Bashir, H. J. Kong, Living Microvascular Stamp for Patterning of Functional Neovessels; Orchestrated Control of Matrix Property and Geometry. Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, 1, January 3, 2012, Cover Article.
    • Millet, L. J.; Corbin, E. A.; Free, R.; Park, K.; Kong, H.; King, W. P.; Bashir, R., Characterization of Mass and Swelling of Hydrogel Microstructures Using MEMS Resonant Mass Sensor Arrays. Small 2012, 8, (16), 2555-2562.
    • Park, K.; Kim, N.; Morisette, D. T.; Aluru, N. R.; Bashir, R., Resonant Mems Mass Sensors for Measurement of Microdroplet Evaporation. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 2012, 21, (3), 702-711.
    • V. Chan, J. H. Jeong, P. Bajaj, M. Collens, M. T. A. Saif, H. J. Kong, R. Bashir, Multi-Material Bio-Fabrication of Hydrogel Cantilevers and Actuators with Stereolithography. Lab on a Chip, 2012, 12, 88-98. Back Cover Article.
    • V. Chan, K. Park, M. B. Collens, M. T. A. Saif, H. Kong, and R. Bashir, Walking Biological Machines with Hydrogels and Cardiomyocytes using a 3D Stereo-Lithographic Printer. Scientific Reports, 2012, 2, 857; DOI:10.1038/srep00857.
    • V. Chan, M.B. Collens, J.Jeong, K. Park, H. Kong, and R. Bashir. Directed Cell Alignment on Protein-Printed 3D Stereolithographic Hydrogels. Virtual and Physical Prototyping, Special Issue on Stereolithography, 2012, 7(3): 219-228.
    • Venkatesan, B. M.; Estrada, D.; Banerjee, S.; Jin, X. Z.; Dorgan, V. E.; Bae, M. H.; Aluru, N. R.; Pop, E.; Bashir, R., Stacked Graphene-Al2O3 Nanopore Sensors for Sensitive Detection of DNA and DNA-Protein Complexes. ACS Nano 2012, 6, (1), 441-450.


    • Mir, M.; Wang, Z.; Shen, Z.; Bednarz, M.; Bashir, R.; Golding, I.; Prasanth, S. G.; Popescu, G., Optical Measurement of Cycle-Dependent Cell Growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011, 108, (32), 13124-13129.
    • Radadia, A. D.; Stavis, C. J.; Carr, R.; Zeng, H. J.; King, W. P.; Carlisle, J. A.; Aksimentiev, A.; Hamers, R. J.; Bashir, R., Control of Nanoscale Environment to Improve Stability of Immobilized Proteins on Diamond Surfaces. Advanced Functional Materials 2011, 21, (6), 1040-1050. 
    • Stavis, C.; Clare, T. L.; Butler, J. E.; Radadia, A. D.; Carr, R.; Zeng, H. J.; King, W. P.; Carlisle, J. A.; Aksimentiev, A.; Bashir, R.; Hamers, R. J., Surface functionalization of thin-film diamond for highly stable and selective biological interfaces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011, 108, (3), 983-988. 
    • Venkatesan, B. M.; Polans, J.; Comer, J.; Sridhar, S.; Wendell, D.; Aksimentiev, A.; Bashir, R., Lipid Bilayer Coated Al2O3 Nanopore Sensors: Towards a Hybrid Biological Solid-State Nanopore. Biomedical Microdevices 2011, 13, (4), 671-682.
    • Wang, Z.; Millet, L.; Chan, V.; Ding, H. F.; Gillette, M. U.; Bashir, R.; Popescu, G., Label-free intracellular transport measured by spatial light interference microscopy. Journal of Biomedical Optics 2011, 16, (2).


    • Privorotskaya, N.; Liu, Y. S.; Lee, J. C.; Zeng, H. J.; Carlisle, J. A.; Radadia, A.; Millet, L.; Bashir, R.; King, W. P., Rapid thermal lysis of cells using silicon-diamond microcantilever heaters. Lab on a Chip 2010, 10, (9), 1135-1141.
    • Park, K.; Millet, L. J.; Kim, N.; Li, H. A.; Jin, X. Z.; Popescu, G.; Aluru, N. R.; Hsia, K. J.; Bashir, R., Measurement of adherent cell mass and growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2010, 107, (48), 20691-20696.
    • Privorotskaya, N. L.; Zheng, H.; Carlisle, J. A.; Bashir, R.; King, W. P., Piezoresistive Microcantilevers from Ultrananocrystalline Diamond. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 2010, 19, 1234-1242.