Umer Hassan

Assistant Professor


Phone:(848) 445-2164
Office:EE 215

Dr. Umer Hassan joined the department as an assistant professor at Rutgers University in 2018. Previously, he worked as a Research Scientist in the Department of Bioengineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a Research Affiliate appointment at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Dr. Hassan completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from UET, Lahore and M.S. and Ph.D. studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UIUC in 2015. His research has been focused on developing point-of-care (PoC) translational biosensors for infectious disease diagnostic applications. He has received Brandt Early Career Investigator Award in Precision Medicine (2017), BMES Career Development Award (2017), Baxter Young Investigator Award (2016, & 2017), Emerging Engineer Award (2015), Cozad New Venture Competition Award (2014), NSF I-Corps Fellowship (2014) and Our Common Future Fellowship (2010). In 2014, Dr. Hassan cofounded a startup, Prenosis, Inc. that is working on commercializing his developed biosensors.


PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2015

MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2011-2013

BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, 2004-2008


2017              Baxter Young Investigator Award, by Baxter International Inc. Category 1

2017              Career Development Award, by Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

2017              Brandt Early Career Investigator Award in Precision Medicine by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualizing Medicine.

2017              Postdoctoral Award to participate in Future of Bio-Science Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Conference, Denver, CO. (Funded by NIH-NIGMS).

2016              Baxter Young Investigator Award, for developing medical devices to sustain and save patients' lives, by Baxter International Inc (Category 2).

2015              Emerging Engineer Award, Engineering Council, UIUC

2013 – 14      Conference Travel Awards to participate in Mayo Individualizing Medicine Conference, by Mayo-Illinois Alliance.

2014             University Funded Research Cozad New Venture Competition Award ($ 10,000), managed by Technology Entrepreneur Center, UIUC.

2010            Our Common Future Fellowship by Volkswagen Foundation to attend meetings with Global Young Faculty at Essen, and attend “Our Common Future Conference,” Hannover, Germany

2010             Fellowship to participate in “Bio-sensing and Bio-actuation” Summer Institute at UIUC (NSF funded), with corresponding Travel Award by Materials Computation Center (MCC) of UIUC.

2009             Fellowship to participate in GEM4 summer school on cellular and molecular mechanics (NSF funded).

2004 – 08     University Merit Scholarship awarded by University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

Research Interests

  • Micro/ Nano Sensing
  • BioMEMS & Microfluidics
  • Disease Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Immuno-Engineering
  • Predictive Prognostics Healthcare systems
  • Global Health applications

Selected Publications

  1.    U. Hassan, E. Valera, and R. Bashir, "Detecting sepsis by observing neutrophil motility", Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2, 197-198(2018); doi:10.1038/s41551-018-0223-0.
  2.    U. Hassan, R. Zhu, and R. Bashir, "Multivariate Computational Analysis of Biosensor's Data for Improved CD64 Quantification for Sepsis Diagnosis", Lab on a Chip, 18, 1231-1240 (2018); doi:10.1039/C8LC00108A.
  3.    U. Hassan, T. Ghonge, B. Reddy Jr., M. Patel, M. Rappleye, I. Taneja, A. Tanna, R. Healey, N. Mansury, Z. Price, T. Jensen, J. Berger, A. Hasnain, E. Flaugher, S. Liu, B. Davis, J. Kumar, K. White, and R. Bashir, “A point-of-care microfluidic biochip for quantification of CD64 expression from whole blood for sepsis stratification,” Nature Communications, 8, 15949 doi: 10.1038/ncomms15949, 2017.
  4.    U. Hassan, N. Watkins, B. Reddy, G. Damhorst, and R. Bashir, “Microfluidic Differential Immuno-Capture Biochip for Specific Leukocyte Counting,” Nature Protocols, 11(4), 714-726, 2016.
  5.    U. Hassan, B. Reddy, G. Damhorst, O. Sonoiki, T. Ghonge, C. Yang, and R. Bashir, “A Microfluidic Biochip for Complete Blood Cell Counts at the Point-of-Care,” Technology, 3(4), 2015. DOI: 10.1142/S2339547815500090
  6.   U. Hassan, and R. Bashir, “Coincidence Detection of Heterogeneous Cell Populations from Whole Blood with Coplanar Electrodes in a Microfluidic Impedance Cytometer,” Lab. Chip, 14 (22), 4370-4381, 2014.
  7.    U. Hassan, and R. Bashir, “Electrical cell counting process characterization in a microfluidic impedance cytometer,” Biomedical Microdevices, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s10544-014-9874-0
  8.    U. Hassan, N. Watkins, C. Edwards, and R. Bashir, “Flow Metering Characterization within an Electrical Cell Counting Microfluidic Device,” Lab. Chip, 14, 1469, 2014.
  9.    N.N. Watkins*, U. Hassan*, G. Damhorst, H. Ni, W. Rodriguez, and R. Bashir, “Microfluidic CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocyte counters for point-of-care HIV diagnostics using whole blood," Science Translational Medicine, 5, 214ra170, 2013. Cover Article