Rashid Bashir is Professor of Bioengineering, the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, and is currently the Dean of Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also been the Department Head of Bioengineering and the Director of the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was member of the core founding team and co-chair of the inaugural curriculum committee for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
He has previously been at Purdue University and at National Semiconductor Corporation as Sr. Engineering Manager. He has held a Visiting Scientist position at Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital for Children and was Visiting Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA. He was the recipient of the Joel and Spira teaching Award, the NSF Faculty Early Career Award, and the IEEE EMBS Technical Achievement award. In 2018, he received the Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award from BMES.
His research group is interested in microfluidics and nanotechnology-based diagnostic technologies for precision and personalized medicine, and in developing 3D bio-fabrication of multi-cellular engineered living systems for biological soft robotics and models for drug screening. He has authored or co-authored over 300 journal papers and has been granted over 50 patents. He is a fellow of IEEE, BMES, AIMBE, APS, IAMBE, NAI, RSC, and AAAS. Technology from his group has been licensed to startups he has co-founded and other companies.