Rashid Bashir is the Abel Bliss Professor and Department Head of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (a campus-wide clean room facility) at Illinois, and is Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, a collaboratory aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. He has authored or co-authored over 180 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 34 patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, and APS. His research interests include BioMEMS, lab on a chip, nano-biotechnology, interfacing biology and engineering from molecular to tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solve biomedical problems. He has been involved in 2 startups that have licensed his technologies.