Nanotextured Microfluidic Substrates Biomimicking Structured Hierarchy of Living Systems

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Dr. Samir Iqbal, IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, University of Texas at Arlington USA

May 30, 2016 13:00 - 14:30

River Building Room 2200, Carleton University


The living systems have surfaces with textured architectures. Many such textures are known to influence pathophysiologic and physiological events. Nanotechnology provides exquisite control to make textured device surfaces at micro and nanoscales. These surfaces can easily biomimick living conditions to selectively separate out diseased cells from normal cells. There is interesting physics at nanoscale when cells interact with these surfaces. This talk will focus on the physical, biophysical and device level aspects of such textured microfluidic substrates.


Dr. Iqbal earned his PhD from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA in 2007. Since then he is at University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington). He is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and holds courtesy appointments in the Bioengineering Department as well as in the Urology Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a national premier medical university. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers - Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS). He is a principal investigator of the Nano-Bio Laboratory ( He has authored or coauthored more than 45 peer-reviewed journal papers and have given a number of invited talks/seminars at international conferences/symposia in the areas of nano-fabrication and chip-based detection of DNA, protein biomarkers and cancer cells. He has served on various national and international scientific grant review panels.

He is a senior member of IEEE and professional member of organizations like Biomedical Engineering Society, Biophysical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi, European Society for Nanomedicine, etc. He was a recipient of US NSF CAREER award in 2009. In 2013, Tau Beta Pi inducted him as Eminent Engineer and UT-Arlington selected him for the Honorable Mention for Best Academic Advisor 2012-13 Award. The UT-Arlington College of Engineering nominated him for President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. He was awarded Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2014. In November 2014, he was inducted into National Academy of Innovators. Earlier in 2015, he was given the Best Research Mentor Award and again he was nominated for President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was awarded Research Excellence Award by College of Engineering in 2016.

Last updated May 30, 2016