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Dr Ahmad Ahsan NAWAZ (ON STUDY LEAVE)
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

SMME
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12, NUST HQ, Islamabad
Tel : +925190856048

Specialization
Microfluidic based medical diagnostics, Acoustofluidic cell sorting, flow cytometry

Education
PhD,Pennsylvania State University, USA

 

Education

PHD
Pennsylvania State University, United States               (2010-14)
        PhD under supervision of Prof. Tony Jun Huang
        Core research areas
(a)  Development of integrated on-chip optofluidic flow cytometry and its application in
a.    Acoustofluidic fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS),
b.    CD4+ counting, Immunological analysis of human whole blood, Complete blood count via microfluidic drifting flowcytometer
(b)  Microfluidic device optimization with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
 
 
 
Masters
        Erasmus Mundus Masters of Research (FAME) Double degree masters program in Functionalized advanced materials Engineering (FAME).
         Selected as program representative for the year 2010.
         Institute National Polytechique de Grenoble (INPG),France (1st Year) (2007-2008)
         Augsburg University (Institute of Physics), Germany (2nd Year) (2008-2009)
 
Bachelors
GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology       (Topi Pakistan)
                                BS in Metallurgy and Materials Engineer            Rank: 1st (Gold medalist)
Awards / Achievements
·               Fulbright scholarship (by U.S. Department of States) to pursue doctoral studies in the U.S.
·               Research work titled “An Acoustofluidic Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS)” featured as cover image by Journal “Analytical Chemistry
·               27 Publications and more than 325 citations.
·              Contributions towards biomedical were highlighted in US local newspapers, US News and Penn State News front.
·              First-place award for best research paper (ESM Today), Pennsylvania State University, 2014.
·              First-place award for best research paper (ESM Today), Pennsylvania State University, 2012.
·              Acoustofluidic group outstanding Journal Club Award (Spring 2012), Pennsylvania State    University
·              Third-place award at graduate research symposium (ESM Today), Pennsylvania State University, 2011
·              Selected as FAME Master representative by Erasmus Mundus Association      (EMA) for 2010.
·              Third-place award at graduate research symposium (ESM Today), Pennsylvania State University, 2010
·              Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (European Union's most prestigious) to pursue hybrid master program in Europe (France year 1 and Germany year 2), 2008-2009
·              On Dean’s honor list in four semesters during Bachelors
·              Gold Medal conferred by the president of Pakistan for outstanding performance in academics.
·              First position for highest academic achievement in the faculty in Bachelors
·             Third position—drawing competition held by National Council of Arts, Islamabad
 
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Research Interests

·         Microfluidics based biosensors
·         Microfluidic based medical diagnostics (flow cytometry)
·         Acoustofluidic fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS)
·         Computational fluid dynamics,
·         Microfabrication,
·         Device design,
·         Micro-electro-mechanical systems,
·         Thrombosis (venous valve mimicing).
U.S. Patent filed
  1. Sub-micron sized On-chip flow cytometry based on three dimensional hydrodynamic focusing. US20120196314
  2. An integrated, multi-parametric flow cytometry chip using “microfluidic drifting” based three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic focusing. US8941826
 
Technical skills
·         Micro / Nano Fabrication
·         Microfluidics
·         Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
·         Confocal Microscopy
·         E-Beam lithography
·         UV soft-lithography
·         Technical proposal writing
·         3D designing and art work (SolidWorks software)

List of publications

  1. A. A. Nawaz, Y. Chen, N. Nama, R. Nissly, L. Ren, A. Ozcelik, L. Wang, J. . McCoy, S. J. Levine, and T. J. Huang, An Acoustofluidic Fluorescence Activated Cell SorterAnalytical Chemistry, accepted, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02398.
  2. P. H. Huang, L. Ren, N. Nama, S. Li, P. Li, X. Yao, R. A. Cuento, C. H. Wei, Y. Chen, Y. Xie, A. A. Nawaz, Y. Alevy, M. J. Holtzman, J. P. McCoy, S. J. Levine, and T. J. Huang, An acoustofluidic sputum liquefier, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 15, pp. 3125-3131, 2015.(featured as front cover image)
  3. A. A. Nawaz, R. H. Nissly, P. Li, Y. Chen, F. Guo, S. Li, Y. M. Shariff, A. N. Qureshi, L. Wang, and T. J. Huang, “Immunological Analyses of Whole Blood via ‘Microfluidic Drifting’ Based Flow Cytometric Chip.,” Ann. Biomed. Eng., vol. 42, no. 11, pp. 2303–13, Nov. 2014.
  4. A. Ozcelik, D. Ahmed, Y. Xie, N. Nama, Z. Qu, A. A. Nawaz, and T. J. Huang, “An acoustofluidic micromixer via bubble inception and cavitation from microchannel sidewalls.,” Analytical Chemistry., vol. 86, no. 10, pp. 5083–8, May 2014.
  5. Y. Chen, A. A. Nawaz, Y. Zhao, P.-H. Huang, J. P. McCoy, S. J. Levine, L. Wang, and T. J. Huang, “Standing surface acoustic wave (SSAW)-based microfluidic cytometer.,” Lab Chip, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 916–23, Mar. 2014.
  6. M. Lu, Y.-P. Ho, C. L. Grigsby, A. A. Nawaz, K. W. Leong, and T. J. Huang, “Three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing method for polyplex synthesis.,” ACS Nano, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 332–9, Jan. 2014.
  7. A. A. Nawaz, R. Nissily, P. Li, Y. Sharrif, L. Wang and T. J. Huang, Differential analysis of lysed whole blood via “microfluidic drifting” based flow cytometry chip. MicroTAS14, San Antonio, 2014.
  8. A. A. Nawaz, Y. Chen, N. Nama, R. H. Nissily, L. Ren, A. Ozceik, L. Wang and T. J. Huang, “An Acoustofluidic fluorescence activated cells sorter (FACS).,” to be submitted to Anal. Chem., 2014
  9. A. A. Nawaz, R. Nissily, P. Li, Y. Sharrif, L. Wang and T. J. Huang, Analysing human whole blood via “microfluidic drifting” flow cytometry. BMES, San Antonio, 2014.
  10. A. A. Nawaz, P. Li, R. H. Nissily, Y. Chen, A. Ozcelik and T. J. Huang, Microfluidic drifting based hematology analyser for neonatals.,” to be submitted to Anal. Chem., 2014.
  11. A. A. Nawaz, X. Zhang, X. Mao, J. Rufo, S.-C. S. Lin, F. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Lapsley, P. Li, J. P. McCoy, S. J. Levine, and T. J. Huang, “Sub-micrometer-precision, three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic focusing via ‘microfluidic drifting’.,” Lab Chip, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 415–23, Jan. 2014.
  12. A. A. Nawaz, X. Mao, Z. S. Stratton, and T. J. Huang, “Unconventional microfluidics: expanding the discipline.,” Lab Chip, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 1457–63, Apr. 2013.
  13. Y. Chen, A. A. Nawaz, Y. Zhao, L. Wang, and T. J. Huang, Standing surface acosutic wave based on-chip sheathless flow cytometer, The International µTAS 2013 conference, Freiburg, Germany, 2013.
  14. Y. Chen, X. Ding, S.-C. Steven Lin, S. Yang, P.-H. Huang, N. Nama, Y. Zhao, A. A. Nawaz, F. Guo, W. Wang, Y. Gu, T. E. Mallouk, and T. J. Huang, “Tunable nanowire patterning using standing surface acoustic waves.,” ACS Nano, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 3306–14, Apr. 2013.
  15. A. A. Nawaz, X. Mao, J. Rufo, L. Wang and T. J. Huang, “Microfluidic drifting” based submicron-precision, three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic focusing via single-layered planer microfluidic device, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2013 conference, Seattle, Washington, 2013.
  16. X. Mao, A. A. Nawaz, S.-C. S. Lin, M. I. Lapsley, Y. Zhao, J. P. McCoy, W. S. El-Deiry, and T. J. Huang, “An integrated, multiparametric flow cytometry chip using ‘microfluidic drifting’ based three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing.,” Biomicrofluidics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 24113–241139, Jun. 2012.
  17. F. Guo, M. I. Lapsley, A. A. Nawaz, Y. Zhao, S.-C. S. Lin, Y. Chen, S. Yang, X.-Z. Zhao, and T. J. Huang, “A droplet-based, optofluidic device for high-throughput, quantitative bioanalysis.,” Anal. Chem., vol. 84, no. 24, pp. 10745–9, Dec. 2012.
  18. Y. Xie, D. Ahmed, M. I. Lapsley, S.-C. S. Lin, A. A. Nawaz, L. Wang, and T. J. Huang, “Single-shot characterization of enzymatic reaction constants Km and kcat by an acoustic-driven, bubble-based fast micromixer.,” Anal. Chem., vol. 84, no. 17, pp. 7495–501, Sep. 2012.
  19. Y. Zhao, T. Walker, Y. B. Zheng, S.-C. S. Lin, A. A. Nawaz, B. Kiraly, J. Scott, and T. J. Huang, “Mechanically Tuning the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances of Gold Nanostructure Arrays,” J. Nanotechnol. Eng. Med., vol. 3, no. 1, p. 011007, 2012.
  20. Y. Chen, X. Ding, S.-C. S. Lin, S. Yang, P. Huang, N. Nama, Y. Zhao, A. A. Nawaz, F. Guo, L. Wang and T. J. Huang, Aligning nanowires by standing surface acoustic waves, The International µTAS 2012 conference, Okinawa, Japan, 2012.
  21. Y. Xie, D. Ahmed, M. Lapsley, S.-C. S. Lin, A. A. Nawaz, T. J. Huang, Characterization of enzyme reaction constant via acoustic bubble mixer, Biomedical Engineering Society Conference 2012 at Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Poster, P-Fri-B-120).
  22. Y. Zhao, A. A. Nawaz, S.-C. S. Lin, Q. Hao, B. Kiraly, and T. J. Huang, “Nanoscale super-resolution imaging via a metal–dielectric metamaterial lens system,” J. Phys. D. Appl. Phys., vol. 44, no. 41, p. 415101, Oct. 2011.
  23. A. A. Nawaz, X. Mao, Y. Zhao, S.-C. S. Lin, and T. J. Huang, Particle pushing via liquid gradient refractive index (L-GRIN) lens, in Bio-Optics: Design and Application, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper BWB5.
  24. J. S. T. Smalley, Y. Zhao, A. A. Nawaz, Q. Hao, Y. Ma, I.-C. Khoo, and T. J. Huang, “High contrast modulation of plasmonic signals using nanoscale dual-frequency liquid crystals.,” Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 16, pp. 15265–74, Aug. 2011.
  25. X. Mao, A. A. Nawaz, and T. J. Huang, A fully Integrated, high-throughput, multi-parametric flow cytometry chip using “microfluidic drifting” based three dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic focusing, Transducers' 11, Beijing, China, ©2011 IEEE.
  26. Y. Zhao, A. A. Nawaz, and T. J. Huang, enhanced bio-sensing by mechanically stretching active plasmonic PDMS device, in Bio-Optics: Design and Application, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper JTuA4.
  27. Y. Zhao, S.-C. S. Lin, A. A. Nawaz, B. Kiraly, Q. Hao, Y. Liu, and T. J. Huang, “Beam bending via plasmonic lenses.,” Opt. Express, vol. 18, no. 22, pp. 23458–65, Oct. 2010.
  28. X. Mao, Z. I. Stratton, A. A. Nawaz, S.-C. S. Lin, and T. J. Huang, “Optofluidic tunable microlens by manipulating the liquid meniscus using a flared microfluidic structure.,” Biomicrofluidics, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 43007, Jan. 2010.

 

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