Highlights on NSF/CBET Biosensing Program

The Biosensing Program supports innovative, transformative, and insightful investigations of fundamental problems with broad long term impact and applications that require novel use of bio-inspired engineering principles and sophisticated sustems to meet the engineering and technology needs of the nation. The program is targeting research in the area of the monitoring, identification, and/or quantification of biological phenomena and will support potential technological breakthroughs that exist at the intersection of engineering, life science, and information technology. Projects submitted to the Program must advance both engineering and life sciences. Projects in the program may range from single investigator to multi-investigator collaborative research efforts. The development of these novel principles and devices will require highly collaborative interactions between engineers, life scientists, and experts in nanotechnology, biomaterials, bioinformatics, and the chemical and physical sciences.

Dr. Alex Simonian is a Program Director at NSF and Professor of Materials Engineering at Auburn University. He received his M.S. in Physics from the Yerevan State University (Armenia, USSR), a Ph.D. in Biophysics, and a Doctor of Science degree in Bioengineering from the USSR Academy of Science. His current research interests are primarily in the areas of bioanalytical sensors, nano-biomaterials, and functional interfaces.