Biography

Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2007
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2004
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2017-Present
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2011-2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – Center for Engineering in Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2009 – 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2007 – 2009

Narrative

Erkin Şeker joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis in 2011. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2007, where he developed techniques to control mechanical and morphological properties of nanoporous gold. During his postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Chemistry at UVA he investigated material-biomolecule interactions and developed microfluidic flow control schemes. Between 2009 and 2011, as a research associate at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, he developed multiple electrode arrays for neural electrophysiology applications and spearheaded the development of microsystems for monitoring transcriptional and secretory dynamics at a cellular-level in the context of metabolic dysregulation. He is the recipient of Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering at UVA, Fund for Medical Discovery Award from Massachusetts General Hospital, a University of California Lab Fees Research Grant, and a NSF CAREER Award. He served as an Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine and was selected to participate in National Academy of Engineering’s Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, as well as a BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator. His current research interests include the development of microfluidic platforms for high-throughput material characterization and multifunctional sensors and actuators for biomedical applications.

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