Dr. Onur Tigli 
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Acoustic Wave Based Cancer Interrogation

Lab-on-a-chip system to interrogate tumor cells

CMOS Energy Harvester

Micro and nano scale energy harvesters for self-sustaining electronic devices

Nanowire FET Biosensor

Nanowire based Field Effect Transistors (FETs) for detecting cancer biomarkers

Microfluidics / Lab on a Chip

Point of care diagnostic devices for disease detection


Dr. Tigli's Bio MEMS/NANO Research Team

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  • Dr. Onur Tigli has received the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal "Acoustics Lab on a Chip for Comprehensive Biophysical Studies of Tumor Cells: Towards Personalized Cancer Diagnosis and Therapeutics".
    NSF CAREER award is National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Positions Available

We are looking for PhD students in MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems), VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits), and Nanotechnology areas to pursue their degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at University of Miami. They will be conducting research in Bio MEMS/NANO at our state-of-the-art lab facilities.

The skills required are: 1. Working experience in MEMS, VLSI, and nanotechnology (nanowire growth, characterization, nanoparticles, etc.) 2. Hands-on clean-room experience (photolithography, etching, deposition, microscopy etc.) 3. Experience in using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Modeling (FEM) software for engineering 4. The candidates should have a Masters degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering (preferred) or Mechanical Engineering. Interested candidates with degrees in related majors are also encouraged to apply. Competitive graduate assistantships with full tuition waivers are available for qualified students.

Highly motivated undergraduate (junior/senior level) and master's students who are interested in gaining cutting-edge research experience in the following topics are also encouraged to apply.

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
    ZnO Nanowire fabrication, Assembly, FEM Modeling
  • Biosensors
    Optical/Piezo Immunosensors, DNA based sensors, FET sensors
  • MEMS
    Microfabrication, Microfluidics, Modeling, Characterization
  • CMOS Technology
    Hybrid CMOS-Nano, Monolithic CMOS-MEMS
  • Micro/Nano Fabrication
    Focused Ion Beam, CVD, PVD, PMMA, PDMS
  • Digital design
    Evolvable Hardware, FPGA design, Verilog HDL, Front/Back End ASIC

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