Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
The University of Arizona, USA
Dr. Yitshak Zohar received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1981 and 1984, respectively, where he worked on high-incidence aerodynamics. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1990 studying fine-scale mixing in turbulent shear flows. As a Research Associate at USC and UCLA (1990-1992) he gradually shifted his research interest into microsystem technology in general and microfluidics in particular. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a faculty member in 1992, where he participated in setting up the University Micro Fabrication Center and established the Department Micromachines Laboratory. At the end of 2003, he took up a Professor position in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Arizona to develop a similar microsystem technology program establishing the UA Micro/Nano Fabrication Center. He served as the Co-Chair of the MEMS’2008 international conference,currently he is serving as an Editor for the Journal of MEMS and a member of the Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Editorial Board.
Microfluidic device science and technology, primarily for bio/chemical/medical applications, examples include: micro capillary electrophoresis of DNA, selectively-functionalized surfaces with bio-active layers; selective capture of bio species such as cancer cells; dissociation of brain tissues into single cells; interaction between pollen tubes and ovules; orthokinetics of micro/nano particles in microchannels.