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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

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


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.


  • 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


  • 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