NSTC, Department of Materials Science & EngineeringSecondary Affiliations
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Swaminathan Rajaraman received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Bharathidasan University (Trichy, India), his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (specialization Semiconductors and Micro/NanoEngineering) from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (specialization Neuroscience and Micro/NanoEngineering) from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) respectively.
He is an Assistant Professor in the NanoScience Technology Center and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). He has secondary joint appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). He runs a very interdisciplinary group composed on Electrical Engineers, Biomedical Scientists, Material Scientists, Mechanical Engineers and Chemists. Prior to his academic appointment, he has worked in the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) industry with Analog Devices Inc., (Cambridge, MA), a world-leader in MEMS manufacturing and CardioMEMS (now Abbott Labs, Atlanta, GA) which developed the world’s first FDA approved implantable MEMS pressure sensor. Dr. Rajaraman worked on developing MEMS micromirrors and implantable MEMS pressure sensors respectively at Analog and CardioMEMS. He has further co-founded Axion BioSystems Inc. (Atlanta, GA), a world-leader in high-throughput Microelectrode Arrays (MEAs) and MEA systems. His current research interests include in-vitro and in-vivo Microelectrode Arrays (MEAs), micro/nanofabrication, micro/nanofabrication on novel, biological substrates, microneedles, agricultural microsystems, microfluidic devices, multimodal cell-based nanosensors, 3D printing and implantable MEMS devices. He had additionally taken steps to form his first spin off company out of UCF called Primordia BioSystems (https://primordia.tech).
He has published more than 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and holds 25 patents and applications. So far, he has raised close to $6 Million in funding for his research and product development activities at Axion and at UCF. Axion has raised more than $30 Million in non-dilutive and venture funding and employs close to 60 people worldwide with revenues of several million every year. All the five (5) products he has developed to date at Axion are in volume production. The high-throughput Microelectrode Arrays products have been used in excess of 1 million experiments worldwide in over 200 sites as of 2019.
Dr. Rajaraman was the Track Chair for a Bioelectric Sensors session in IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) 2010, a Session Co-Chair at NanoFlorida 2018 & 2019 and a Session Co-Chair for IEEE MEMS Conference 2020. He has served on the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of IEEE Transducers 2021, the Solid State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop (Hilton Head 2014 and 2016), IEEE MEMS 2021 and served as the Vice Chair for Commercial Development at the Hilton Head 2020 meeting. Further, he has served on the TPC of IEEE Sensors Conference in 2016 and 2017. He is also one of the five organizers of the North American Materials Colloquium Series (namcs.org), a novel virtual seminar series on new materials research across 36 universities to promote post-docs and senior Ph.D. students attracting 500+ attendees weekly. He has reviewed papers for numerous journals in MEMS, Microfluidics, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, Optics and other disciplines. He regularly reviews proposals for the NSF, internal UCF proposals, ZonMW Netherlands healthcare funding agency and Oak Ridge Affiliated Universities Powe Award funding opportunities. Since 2019, he also serves on the Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Reports.
NSTC, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
B.S. Biomedical Sciences, UCF, 2015
B.S. Biotechnology, UCF, 2015
M.S. Nanotechnology, UCF, 2019
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, 2022
Background & Interests: Chuck is looking to research how variants in 3D MEA technology can be applied to implants for Prosthetic signaling applications. Always a student of the sciences, he has been guided towards Prosthetics from an early age where he learned of his cousins need for a lower limb prosthetic (provided by Ottobock). His interest in Biology and Medicine throughout his Undergraduate career led him to the Nanoscience Technology Center at UCF where he hopes to begin research and development on neural Implant devices to bridge the gap between traditional and advanced prosthetic devices, and the human body. He hopes to pursue his PhD in the future within the field of Biomedical Engineering, with an emphasis on Nanotechnology and its applications in the industry.
B.S. Biotechnology, UCF, 2019
M.S. Nanotechnology, 2021
Background & Interests: Research focuses on the characterization and optimization of Microelectrode Arrays (MEAs) for medical applications. As an Undergraduate, Julia was involved with the Nanoscience Technology Center (NSTC) at UCF, where she developed her interest for the nanotechnological function of devices in the Biomedical field. Currently, Julia coordinates a collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Biosciences (LABIBC) of the College of Medicine at the University of Brasilia (UnB), in Brazil. She hopes to contribute to the development of diagnostic tools for diseases such as Celiac and Chagas, and hospital-acquired infections.
B.S. Electronics Engineering, National University of Colombia, 2007.
M.S. Business Administration, University of Valle, 2018.
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida.
Background & Interests: Jorge worked in the industrial instrumentation field over more than 10 years in Colombia. He focused his professional job in process control and measurement of variables like level, pressure, flow, temperature, weight, humidity, proximity, analytical and electrical using industrial sensors and data acquisition systems from different manufacturers. Jorge’s experience ranges from Oil & Gas to Environmental and applications in Paper, Sugar Cane Mills, Food, Beverages and Cement industries mainly. He served as trainer of technicians and engineers in and out-house and worked for the last 3 years in Colombia as instrumentation consultant. Passionate about new learnings about measuring and monitoring, current Jorge’s interests are related to designing, testing and optimizing nano technologies involving Microelectrode Arrays (MEA’s) and Micro/Nano Electromechanical Systems (M/NEMS) for real-life applications in biosystems. Nano sensors development, microfabrication techniques and correlating electronics and materials science to human activities monitoring are his incoming challenges.
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, NSTC
A.S. Nanotechnology, Northwest Vista Community College, 2012
B.S. Physics w/ Minor in Chemistry, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2016
M.S. Physics, University of Central Florida, 2018
Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering, 2023
Background & Interests: In the past Andre has worked on the synthesis of biocompatible noble nanoparticles and their affect in Surface Enhance Raman Scattering and the fabrication of hydrogel synthesis, Anticorrosive Materials, Density Functional theory and Atomic Layer Deposition. I am interested in the applications and using my previous knowledge to combine new discoveries with polymers for medical devices and implantable electronics.
Interests include SEM characterization, nanolithography, STEM characterization. Atomic Layer Deposition, Microfluidic devices Body on a chip and improving labs using Blockchain and Machine Learning. He hopes that his contributions will help advance personalized healthcare
NSTC, Department of Biology
B.S. in Biology, 2021
Background & Interests: Aliyah began her undergraduate studies in high school through her school’s Dual Enrollment Program. Upon transferring to UCF in 2018, she got involved in undergraduate research at the Nanoscience Technology Center(NSTC) by joining the Nano-optics research group, led by Dr. Debashis Chanda. Her research focus concerned the development of nanophotonic biosensors and in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs), particularly those that aid in the detection of critical neurotransmitters, antibodies and even viral infections, such as Dengue. Presently, the viral detection platform established during her time there is being expanded as a quick and reliable test for COVID-19. Aliyah has also been involved in the ever-expanding field of genomics and bioinformatics through her participation in a research-intensive course under the supervision of Dr. Anna Forsman, where she performed gut microbiome/bacterial metabarcoding via the 16S rRNA gene.
Aliyah aspires to pursue a career as a medical scientist and contribute to the advancement of revolutionary medical treatments, therapies and cures. She is particularly interested in the realm of predictive, preventive and personalized medicine, by which she believes platforms, such as Nerve-on-a-chip, will further facilitate.
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NSTC
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NSTC
|2021||Omar Cepeda Torres||NSF REU Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Junior at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico|
|2021||Nilab Azim||Ph.D. Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Research Scientist, NASA|
|2021||Laboni Santra||High School Researcher||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Pre-med undergrad@MIT|
|2021||Parker Arnett||Undergraduate Research Assistant||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory|
|2021||Frank Sommerhage||Post-Doctoral Fellow||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||CTO, Primordia BioSystems|
|2021||Avra Kundu||Post-Doctoral Fellow||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Microelectronics Lab Manager, ECE, UCF|
|2020||Cacie Hart||Ph.D. Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Process Engineer, Sandvik|
|2020||Nicholas Alban||Undergraduate Research Assistant||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Junior in ECE at UCF|
|2020||Miguel Tirado||Masters Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Orange County Public Schools|
|2020||David DeRoo||Post-Doctoral Scholar||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||CEO, Primordia BioSystems|
|2020||Syed Khalid Pasha||Post-Doctoral Scholar||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Intel Corp|
|2019||Darina Khater||Undergraduate Research Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Sophomore @ UCF|
|2019||Paola Morales Carvajal||NSF REU Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Junior at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico|
|2016-18||Tariq Ausaf||Undergraduate Research Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Texas Instruments|
|2018||Crystal Nattoo||NSF REU Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||PhD Student @ Stanford|
|2017-18||Sarah Fremgen||Undergraduate Thesis Project Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Graduate Student in Germany|
|2017-18||Sandra Springer||Undergraduate Thesis Project Student||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||Graduate Student in Germany|
|2017||An Nguyen||Graduate Volunteer||Nanobiosensors & Systems Laboratory||LifeSouth|
|2015||Alex Weidenbach||MEMS Development Engineer||Axion Biosystems||Graduate Student @ Georgia Tech|
|2015||Andrew Willsie||Senior MEMS Development Engiener||Axion Biosystems||Axion Biosystems|
|2013||Phillip Tyler||Senior MEMS Development Engiener||Axion Biosystems||Veeco Instruments|
|2014-15||Ganda Li||Undergraduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||Epic|
|2012-14||Chancellor Shafor||Undergraduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||Law Student @ UF|
|2012-14||Ricardo Aguilar||MEMS Development Engiener||Axion Biosystems||Intel|
|2012||Lara Gartner||Undergraduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||QGenda|
|2011-14||Alexis Shoenborn||MEMS Development Engiener||Axion Biosystems||Tronics Microsystems|
|2011-15||Gareth Guvansen||Graduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||Boston Consulting Group|
|2011-12||Ian Henrich||Undergraduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||Graduate Student @ UPenn|
|2009-11||Robert Grier||Process Engineer||Axion Biosystems||Axion Biosystems|
|2009-11||Jamie James||Undergraduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||Becton Dickinson & Company|
|2009-13||Chandana Karnati||MEMS Development Engiener||Axion Biosystems||Alcon|
|2009||Liang Guo||Graduate Co-Op Technical Staff||Axion Biosystems||Assistant Professor @ OSU|