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Utkan Demirci is currently a tenured Professor of Radiology and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He also serves as Principal Investigator for the Bio-acoustic MEMS in Medicine Lab (BAMM) at the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. Prior to his tenure at Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology serving at the Division of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Infectious Diseases and Renal Division. In 2006, he was named in the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.
Demirci received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 as a James B. Angell Scholar (Summa Cum Laude) from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received his M.S. degree in 2001 in Electrical Engineering, his M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005, all from Stanford University.
Demirci is one of the few recipients of the Full Presidential Fellowship given by the Turkish Ministry of Education and is a co-recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society. He is the winner of Stanford University Entrepreneur’s Challenge Competition in 2004 and Global Start-up Competition in Singapore in 2004. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the IEEE. His research interests involve biological applications of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and acoustics, especially: microfluidics for low cost CD4 counts for HIV in resource-limited-settings for global health problems; acoustic picoliter droplets for cell-by-cell 3D tissue generation, and semiconductor applications; capacitive micromachined ultrasonic arrays (CMUTS) for medical imaging applications.
Demirci has received a Honorary Bionanotechnology Award on December 11, 2007, in Istanbul, as HST faculty member for his work on a low-cost AIDS monitoring chip. The award was part of a set of annual technology awards presented jointly by the Turkish Technology Development Foundation, the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, and the Turkish Industralists' and Businessmen's Association.