B. Murali Venkatesan



Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisers:
Rashid Bashir, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering
Ann M. Nardulli, Molecular and Integrative Physiolog

Project Title:
Methylation Analysis Using Nanopore Sensors: A Pathway to Early Cancer Detection

Murali graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2005 with Bachelor of Sciences / Bachelor of Engineering degrees and started pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering under Dr. Rashid Bashir in 2005 in the field of Bio-Nanotechnology at the University of Illinois. As a graduate student, Murali's research centers primarily on the development of rapid, cost effective biomedical sensors for disease diagnosis, particularly the detection of genetic and epigenetic cancer biomarkers using solid-state nanopores. This semiconductor based technology has so far proven useful in the detection of individual DNA molecules and proteins, with potential application in next-generation DNA sequencing. Murali's broader goals are to continue to develop biomedical technologies for applications in genetics and personalized medicine. Murali's interests outside research include skiing, traveling, surfing and anything Hawaii!