Nanotechnology for Cancer Screening


Samir M. Iqbal, Ph.D., P.E., FRSC


Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Bioengineering; Faculty Associate, Nanotechnology Research Center, University of Texas at Arlington, TX 76019, USA

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Urology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX 75390, USA




A number of bio-inspired solid-state devices have emerged in recent years that utilize micromachining to interface cells and to detect molecular biomarkers. The approaches provide rapid, label-free identification, and selective capture of diseased cells. The sensing and recognition of diseased cells when these are very few in numbers, especially in early stages of cancer, require nanoscale approaches that biomimic physiological conditions. Nanotechnology is helping create innovative physical systems for single-cell analysis.  Such engineered single-cell analysis approaches are providing new insights about cancer progression and can be important to tackle early cancer detection challenges. The biologically inspired manufacturing frameworks can be extended to other investigations, especially where viscoelastic, mechanical and chemical behaviors can be used combinatorially to faithfully transduce important molecular and cellular anomalies to meaningful signals.  This talk will provide an overview on detection, sorting and isolation of rare cells with nanotechnologies and microfluidics.



Dr. Samir Iqbal is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington), USA. His work focuses on nanotechnology applications in solid-state sensors, developing novel nano-bio interfaces and cancer screening devices with high sensitivity and selectivity.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Socety of Chmeistry and a senior member of IEEE.  He is a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and is on the EMBS Technical Committee on BioMEMS. He is also a member of American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Biophysical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, European Society for Nanomedicine, and Sigma Xi, to name a few. He was a recipient of US National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009. In 2013, UT-Arlington selected him for Honorable Mention for Best Academic Advisor Award. In 2014, the College of Engineering at UT-Arlington nominated him for President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was awarded Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2014. In November 2014, he was inducted into National Academy of Innovators by UT-Arlington. In 2015, he was given the Best Research Mentor Award. In 2016, he was awarded Research Excellence Award by his university.

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Dr. Samir M. Iqbal
Topic: Nanotechnology for Cancer Screening


November 9th 2017,


6pm -7pm  Presentation by Dr. Samir M. Iqbal


IEEE Seattle Signal Processing Chapter and EMBS Chapter co sponsor this event.

Host: Alon Newton – IEEE Seattle Section Chair anewton@ieee.org


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