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Advanced Health Care Technologies

Dr Demirci

Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

Dr Demirci

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Utkan Demirci

Dr. Utkan Demirci is an associate professor with tenure at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA. Before Stanford, he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and Technology at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Health Sciences and Technology (HST) division. He received his bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, his master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and in Management Science and Engineering in 2005, and his doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 2005 all from Stanford University. Dr. Demirci received IEEE EMBS Early Career Award; IEEE EMBS Translational Science Award; NSF CAREER Award; Coulter Foundation Early Career Award; HMS-Young Investigator Award, and Chinese National Science Foundation International Young Scientist Award. In 2006, he was selected to TR-35 as one of the world’s top 35 young innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review.

Dr. Demirci has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in journals, in addition to 150 conference abstracts and proceedings, 14 book chapters, and four edited books. Further, he has given over 100 national and international presentations including invited and keynote at various academic, governmental, and industrial institutions. During the past two years, his research has been cited over 1,600 times. His work has been highlighted in Nature News, Newsweek, Science Daily, Wired Magazine, Nature Photonics, Reuters News, MIT Technology Review Magazine, AIP News, BioTechniques, and Biophotonics. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Advanced Health Care Technologies journal. He has served as an associate editor and a theme chair for various conferences including IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS) and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

Dr. Demirci’s laboratory has a strong and scholarly track record of multiple creative innovations. His work focuses on creating innovative micro/nanoscale technologies to understand, diagnose, monitor, and treat disease conditions. His expertise is uniquely positioned at the interface between engineering and medicine to address fundamental biological and clinical questions. In this interdisciplinary space at the interface of engineering, biology, medicine, his work interfaces cells in miniature systems that enable applications for point-of-care (POC) diagnosis, monitoring of infectious diseases, and early detection of cancer. These applications are unified around his expertise to push the limits of cell manipulation by establishing broadly applicable platforms to detect and investigate diseases and provide solutions for real-world challenges by forging the link between technology, biology, and medicine.

Dr Durmus

Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, United States

Dr Durmus

Gozde Durmus is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University; working at the Stanford Genome Technology Center. She received her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in May 2013, with a minor in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. She is also an alumna of the Ignite Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston University and received her M.Eng. degree in Biomedical Engineering as a College of Engineering Fellow in 2009. She received her B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2007. In 2015, she has been recognized among the World’s "Top 35 Innovators Under 35" (TR35), as a pioneer in biotechnology and medicine, by the MIT Technology Review.

Dr. Durmus develops and applies translational micro/nanotechnologies to study cellular heterogeneity and complex biological systems for single cell analysis and precision medicine. Her research philosophy is to apply these platforms to fundamentally understand and address the mechanisms of disease, with a specific emphasis on cancer. She has demonstrated magnetic levitation of living cells and applied this unique tool to perform ultra-precise density measurements, magnetic sorting and profiling of thousands of cells in seconds at single-cell resolution, which was not possible before with a bench top analogue. Her research in this field has led her to become deeply involved in cancer biology, single-cell sequencing and the development of new clinical diagnostics for precision medicine. Her unique technologies are used for wide range of applications in medicine, such as, label-free detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood; high-throughput drug screening; and rapid detection and monitoring of antibiotic resistance in real-time. During her PhD, she has engineered nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces to decrease antibiotic-resistant infections. Her passion is to bridge the gap between biology, engineering and medicine; to develop simple, inexpensive, easy-to-use, yet, broadly applicable platforms that will change the way in which medicine is practiced as well as how patients are monitored, diagnosed and treated for precision medicine.

Dr. Durmus has authored papers in journals including Nature Materials, PNAS, Advanced Materials and Nature Scientific Reports. Her work was recognized and highlighted by various prestigious journals and media outlets, such as Science, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, AIP News, Tech Times. Her research achievements have been recognized with ITI Young Investigator Award from Stanford University, STAR Award Honorable Mention by the Society for Biomaterials, Graduate Student Recognition Award from Brown University, Entrepreneurial Fellowship from National Science Foundation (NSF) & Slater Technology Fund and Fulbright Scholarship. She was also a finalist for the national CIMIT Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare in 2012.

Dr Kaushik

Center of Personalized Nanomedicine, Department of Immunology, Florida International University, United States

Dr Kaushik

Dr. Ajeet Kaushik is an Assistant Professor at the Centre of Personalized Nanomedicine, Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology, Department of Immunology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University (FIU), Miami, USA. He received his Ph.D. (chemistry, biosensors; 2010) in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory and Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, India. He also worked at Chungnam National University, Deajeon, Korea as Visiting Researcher and at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland as a Research Assistant to develop smart nanomaterials for sensing systems. He joined FIU as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the area of fabrication of BioMEMS-based electrochemical biosensors for biomarker detection using miniaturized electrochemical sensing systems at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of FIU.

Since receiving his Ph.D. to till date, his research interest is in the development of nano-enabling miniaturized sensing technology for point-of-care (POC) application. He is actively involved in the design and development of various electro-active nanostructures for electrochemical biosensor to detect target biomarkers at pM level for diagnostics application. His main goals are to develop surface engineered bio-sensing platforms, integration of sensing system with MEMS, interfacing sensing units with miniaturized potentiostat, wearable sensing systems, POC sensing of desired biomarkers, and diagnostics tool for health care. He is also focused to explore the application of nano-enabling smart sensing system for exploring personalized diagnostics. Such devices are useful to obtain real time bioinformatics of patients to optimize timely treatments. His recent ideas to develop POC biosensor to detect Ebola virus, beta-amyloid proteins, and Zika virus was appreciated worldwide.

Dr. Kaushik also conducts research towards designing smart nanocarries for drug delivery, nano-therapeutics for CNS diseases, on-demand site-specific release of therapeutics, and novel strategies to eradicate neuroHIV/AIDS for the development of Personalized Nanomedicine, could be acknowledge as NanoCure. His recent work related to the demonstration of magnetically guided delivery of magneto-electric nanocariers (ME-NCs) in mice brain was very-well appreciated. This technology will further be used for on-demand site-specific and safe drug delivery across blood-brain-barriers (BBB) for therapeutics for HIV, Cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and other CNS diseases, where the ability to remotely controlled drug release and diagnostics is the key.

Dr. Kaushik has been awarded with many national and international awards due to his contribution in nanotechnology for biomedical application. Dr. Kaushik has edited two books namely “Nanobiotechnology for Sensing Applications: Laboratory to Field” (Apple Academic Press, CRC Press, Tayler and Francis) & “Microfluidics for Biologists: Fundamentals and Applications” (Springer) along with various book chapters, editorials, and over 80 international peer reviewed international articles publication in the area of nano-bio-technology for health care.  

Editorial Board

Metin Akay, John S Dunn Endowed Chair Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Raúl Alacaráz Martinez, Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering Research Group, Department of Electronic, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

George Baran, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Center for Bioengineering and Biomaterials, Temple University, PA, USA

Ki H. Chon, Ph.D., John and Donna Krenicki Endowed Chair Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

S. Semahat Demir, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, İstanbul Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey

Kamil L. Ekinci, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.

William Federspiel, William Kepler Whiteford Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Manas Ranjan Gartia, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU) , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Kostas Giokas, Leader, Applied Informatics in mHealth, Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Umut A. Gurkan, Case Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Laboratory, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Orthopaedics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Rizgar Jiawook, Senior Manager, Nanotechnology/Nanoimprint Lithography and Information Technology, Obducat Technologies AB - Medicon Village, Sweden

Dhirendra S. Katti, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Sixing Li, Fluidics Engineer at BD Genomics, Menlo Park, California, United States

Shidong Li, Chief Physicist and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Temple University hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Chenzhong Li, Nano-Theranostics/ Bioelectronics Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, USA

John T. McDevitt, Chair, Department Biomaterials, New York University College of Dentistry, Bioengineering Institute, New York, NY, USA

Banu Onaral, H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ryan K. Roeder, Professor, Bioengineering Graduate Program, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA

Víctor Sánchez-Margalet, Professor, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Virgen Macarena University Hospital Medical School, University of Seville, Spain

Frederick J. Schoen, Professor of Pathology and Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Metin Sitti, Director, Physical Intelligence Department, Germany; Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Scott Strayer, Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

M. Albert Thomas, Professor and Director of MRS, Radiological Sciences and Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Thomas J. Webster, Department Chair and Professor, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Claudia Wild, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment, Austria