Our team

Principal Investigator and Director

Biosensors and Bionanotechnology, Rapid diagnostic technologies for food safety, healthcare and biodefense, Nanotechnology for water cleaning.

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Aug. 2013-present)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St Louis (2011-2013)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Riverside (2010-2011)

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Lille (France)
M.Sc. in Physical-Chemistry of Biological Systems, University of Lille (France)
in Biology and Biotechnology, University of Lille (France)
DES in Biochemistry, University of Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria)

Award of Merit at the Global Congress in Nanoengineering for Medicine and Biology (2015)
Best Poster Award at the NCFPD Food Defense Conference (2014)
MIT Technology Review Award: TOP10 Innovators under the age of 35 in France, Mars 2013.
Best Poster Award at the Nano and Microsystems International Autumn School (2010).
Doctoral Fellowship of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (2006-2009)

Elected Member, Faculty and University Senate at the University of Minnesota (2014-2017)
Member, College Research Advisory Committee (2014-2017)
Member, College Undergraduate Research Program Committee (2014-2016)
Board Member, Algerian-American Foundation (AAF) for Culture, Education, Science and Technology (2015-2018).
Member, Scientific Council of the Algerian National Center for Biotechnology Research (2017-2019)
Referee for over 20 international peer-reviewed journals including Nature Nanotechnology, JACS, Analytical Chemistry and Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
Member of professional societies: ACS Analytical Chemistry, AIChE Society of Biological Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Food Technologist.



Lab Members


Dr. MinhPhuong BuiPostdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Aiqin FangPostdoctoral Research Associate

Snober AhmedGraduate Student

Ke XuGraduate Student

John BrockgreitensGraduate Student

Mac JohnsonUndergraduate Research Assistant

Olga SaiapinaPotsdoctoral Research Associate

Renu SinghPostdoctoral Research Associate

Fatemeh HaidaryGraduate Student

Yan WuGraduate Student

Alumni, where are they now ?

Dr . Aiqin Fang

Aiqin left our group in 2017 for a position as an Assistant Professor at Vincennes University (Indiana, USA).

Dr. Renu Singh

Renu left our group in 2017 for a Scientist position at the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (India).

Dr. Snober Ahmed
Snober was our first PhD students. She graduated in July 2017 and joined the McMaster University in Canada as a pOstoctoral Research Associate.

Ke Xu
Ke graduated with a Masters degree from our lab in August 2017 and joined the PhD program at McGill University in Canada where she was offered a fellowship.