A. Ali Yanik

A. Ali Yanik

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • 831-459-3491
  • Baskin Engineering, Room 257C
  • SOE2
  • Ali A. Yanik is an Assistant Prof. in the Baskin School of Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz. His current research focuses on Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) detection from human blood using nano-fluidic platforms for cancer diagnostics. His research interests includes nanoplasmonic and metamaterial devices for ultrasensitive infrared/terahertz spectroscopy of biomolecules/chemicals and high-throughput, cost effective, BioNEMS technologies for life sciences and point-of-care diagnostics. His expertise is in high-end nanolithography and bio-patterning as well as theory and engineering of nanophotonic devices. He received his Ph.D. degree in applied theoretical physics from Purdue University, under the supervision of Prof. Supriyo Datta. During his PhD, he studied spin dependent electron transport in low dimensional molecular/nano-electronic devices and introduced one of the most advanced quantum transport models (spin-NEGF) that exists today. Before joining to UCSC, he was a senior research associate at The Center for Engineering in Medicine & BioMEMS Resources Center (PI: Prof. Mehmet Toner) at Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was also instrumental in the establishment of The Laboratory of Integrated Nanophotonics and Biosensing Systems at The Boston University Photonics Center, as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate. He has authored/co-authored more than 80 journal and conference publications and holds multiple patents and disclosures, some of which are licensed to commercial partners.
  • Nanoplasmonics and metamaterials; lab-on-chip systems: optofluidic bionems, nanofluidics and label free biosensors; nanospectroscopy: plasmonic nanoantennas and single molecule vibrational dynamics; rare cell isolation and single cell analysis: circulating tumor cells, plasmonic nanotweezers and phononic crystals for flow cytometry; nanofabrication, soft lithography and biopatterning; nanoelectronics, spintronics and thermoelectricity
  • Senior Research Associate, Harvard Medical School (2011-2013)
  • Research Associate, The Boston University Photonics Center (2007-2011)
  • Ph.D. in Applied Theoretical Physics, 2007, Purdue University

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