Boston University

Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory








[Journal Articles][Conference Papers]

Tejal A Desai

Boston University
Associate Professor
ENG Biomedical Engineering
44 Cummington Street
Boston, MA 02215
Office: (617) 353-2805


Biological Sensors



Dr. Tejal Desai received the Sc.B. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University (Providence, RI) in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in bioengineering from the joint graduate program at University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco, in 1998. In September 1998, she was appointed an Assistant Professor in the newly formed Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois. In January 2002, she joined the Biomedical Engineering faculty at Boston University as an Associate Professor. Dr. Tejal Desai directs the Laboratory of Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology. Her research combines methods and materials originally used for micro-electro-mechanical systems to create implantable biohybrid devices for cell encapsulation, targeted drug delivery platforms, templates for cell and tissue regeneration, and novel protocols for the surface modification of biomaterials. Dr. Desai uses a multidisciplinary approach to better understand biological systems and develop therapeutic modalities for a variety of pathologies. In addition to authoring over 60 technical papers, she is presently serving on the editorial board of Langmuir, Biomedical Microdevices, and Sensor Letters and is editing a book on Therapeutic Microtechnology. She has chaired and organized several conferences and symposia in the area of bioMEMS, micro and nanofabricated biomaterials, and microscale tissue engineering. Her other interests include K-12 educational outreach, gender and science education, science policy issues, and biotechnology/bioengineering industrial outreach.

Desai's research efforts have earned her numerous awards. In 1999, she was recognized by Crain's Chicago Business magazine with their annual "40 Under 40" award for leadership. She was also named that year by Technology Review Magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Young Innovators” and Popular Science’s Brilliant 10. Desai's teaching and outreach efforts were recognized when she won the College of Engineering Best Advisor/Teacher Award and more recently, India New England’s Woman of the Year. She also won the National Science Foundation's "New Century Scholar" award and the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program "CAREER" award, which recognizes teacher-scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Her research in therapeutic microtechnology has also earned her the Visionary Science Award from the International Society of BioMEMS and Nanotechnology in 2001 and the 2003 Eurand Award for Outstanding novel research in oral drug delivery.

Journal Articles

1.) A. Yalcin, K. C. Popat, J. C. Aldridge, T. A. Desai, J. Hryniewicz, N. Chbouki, B. E. Little, O. King, V. Van, S. T. Chu, D. Gill, M. F. Anthes-Washburn, M. S. Ünlü, and B. B. Goldberg, "Optical Sensing of Biomolecules Using Microring Resonators," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Vol. 12, January/February 2006, pp. 148-155

Conference Papers

2.) A. Yalcin, K. C. Popat, M. F. Anthes-Washburn, N. Chbouki, T. A. Desai, M. S. Ünlü, and B. B. Goldberg, "Microring resonators for biochemical sensing," Proceedings of CLEO/QELS 2005, May 2005

1.) A. Yalcin, J. C. Aldridge, K. C. Popat, T. A. Desai, N. Chbouki, M. S. Ünlü, and B. B. Goldberg, "Microring resonators for biochemical sensing," Bulletin of APS Meeting, March 2005

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