Professor of Bioengineering, Co-Director, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
Department of Bioengineering
(510) 642-5855

Research Expertise and Interest

biophotonics, biophysics, bionanoscience, molecular imaging, single cell analysis, bio-nano interfaces, integrated microfluidic devices (iMD) for diagnostics and preventive personalized medicine


My previous research experiences are laser spectroscopy, optoelectronics, SQUIDs (Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices), neural interfaces, biosensors, bioMEMS, optical MEMS, microfluidic quantitative cell biology, optofluidics, bioelectronics, SERS, biomimetic nanostructures and devices, and BASIC (Biological Application Specific Integrated Circuits).

My current research interests are bionanoscience, biophotonics, quantum nanoplasmonics, PRET, satellite nanoscopes for living cell imaging, remote optical gene regulations, cell reprogramming, graphene bioelectronics, integrated microfluidic devices for diagnostics and preventive personalized medicine, and Biologically-inspired Photonics Optofluidics Electronics Technology & Science (BioPOETS).

In Research News

January 6, 2015

Scott Baraban is collaborating with Berkeley researchers to find cures for childhood epilepsies. 

December 20, 2011

Berkeley researchers have developed a nanowire endoscope that can provide high-resolution optical images of the interior of a single living cell, or precisely deliver genes, proteins, therapeutic drugs or other cargo without injuring or damaging the cell.

December 19, 2011

Luke Lee, professor of bioengineering and co-director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, gets nearly $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a portable microfluidic chip that can be used to diagnose multiple infectious diseases, such as HIV, TB and malaria, at the same time.

March 16, 2011

A major milestone in microfluidics could soon lead to stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes. The device, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, Dublin City University in Ireland and Universidad de Valparaíso Chile, is able to process whole blood samples without the use of external tubing or external components.

August 26, 2010

A UC Berkeley team has been awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for research on biologically-inspired technologies for grey water reuse and thermal energy management that may propel sustainable building into a new era.The grant comes from the NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation’s 2010 Science in Energy and Environmental Design program for engineering sustainable buildings. Leading UC Berkeley’s award-winning research team as principal investigator is Maria Paz-Gutierrez, assistant professor of architecture in the College of Environmental Design, and the only architect serving as principal investigator for any of the NSF’s eight EFRI-SEED grants this year.

May 5, 2010

UC Berkeley's QB3 will launch a biotech incubator on May 6, hoping to duplicate the success of a similar incubator at QB3's Mission Bay outpost. UC Berkeley grad Wesley Chang, CEO of the start-up Aperys, LLC, is the first tenant of the QB3 Garage@Berkeley.

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