University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Mihri Ozkan

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Mihri Ozkan

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Mihri Ozkan

Ph.D. Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of California, San Diego, 2001

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                           436 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2900
Facsimile: 951-827-5696
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Former Institution: University of California, San Diego


Dr. Mihri Ozkan is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UC-Riverside with a research focus in nanotechnology and its applications in biology and engineering. Dr. Ozkan is also an active member of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering in UC-Riverside. She received her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC-San Diego and her M.S. degree in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. She has over four years of industrial experience including at Applied Materials, Analog Devices and at IBM Almaden Research Center. Her highly interdisciplinary background including materials science, electrical engineering and bioengineering training supports well her recent multidisciplinary research activities with development of new nanofabrication methods for future electronics and for hybrid organic-inorganic solar devices, and investigations of “smart” nanoparticles for cancer therapeutics. Dr. Ozkan is the recipient of number of awards including Army’s Young Investigator Award (2006), Distinguished Engineering Educator of the Year Award by the National Engineers’ Council (2006), Regents Faculty Excellence Award (2006, 2004, 2002), Emerging Scholar Award by the American Association of University Women (2005), Invited participant to the National Academy’s Keck Future Initiatives Conference (2005), Visionary Science Award by the BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology Conference (2003),and “Achievement in Technical Ingenuity” Award by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (2003). She is an active board member and treasurer in the International Society for BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology. Her editorial activities include the Journal of Sensors and Actuators B and the Journal of Biomedical Microdevices. She is the principal editor of the book titled “Micro-Nano Technologies for Genomics and Proteomics” by Springer. She has more than ninety publications in journal paper, conference proceedings and book chapter format. She also holds more than twenty five patent disclosures and about eight US-patents.


  • B.S. Metallurgical Engineering 1988 Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
  • M.S. Metallurgical Engineering 1991 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.S. Materials Science & Engineering 1994 Stanford University
  • Ph.D. Electrical & Computer Engineering 2001 UC San Diego


  • “2006 Referee of the Year” by the Journal of Biomedical Microdevices (2007)
  • Army’s “Young Investigator Award” (2006)
  • “Distinguished Engineering Educator of the Year Award” by the National Engineers’ Council (2006)
  • Regents Faculty Excellence Award (2006)
  • Nationwide Award of “2005 Emerging Scholar” by the American Association of University Women
  • Participant to the National Academy’s Keck Future Initiatives Conference by invitation from the National Academy (2005)
  • Regents Faculty Excellence Award (2004)
  • “Frontier Research” by the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology edited by Dr. David Awschalom (2004)
  • Invited Speaker at the “National Engineers Week” Feb. (2004)
  • Visionary Science Award : BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology Conference (2003)
  • By invitation a US-team member in US-Japan Nanotechnology in Advanced Therapy and Diagnosis Symposium, Yokohama Japan (2003)
  • “Achievement in Technical Ingenuity” Award : Inland Empire Economic Partnership (2003)
  • "Research Leadership Recognition Award" from CORE21 (2003)
  • Travel Award from Association for Lab Automation (2003)
  • Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Riverside (2002)
  • Academic Senate Faculty Excellence Award, Riverside (2002)
  • Invited Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany (2002)
  • Best Research Poster in Bioengineering: Jacobs School of Engineering, San Diego (2002)
  • Grand Research Poster Award: Jacobs School of Engineering, San Diego (2002)
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2002, 2003)
  • Graduate Student Award: Jacobs School of Engineering , San Diego (2001)
  • Jacobs School of Engineering Best Poster Award, San Diego (2001)
  • Graduate Student Award: Bio Medical Engineering Society, Seattle, WA (2000)
  • Biomaterials Session Graduate Student Novel Research Award: Materials Research Society, Boston (2000)
  • Graduate Student Silver Award: Materials Research Society, Boston (Fall 1999)
  • DARPA’s HOTC and CHIPS centers Fellow, San Diego, (1999-2001)
  • Jacobs School of Engineering Best Poster Award, San Diego, (1998)
  • University of California Regents Fellow, San Diego, (1997- 1999)
  • Stanford University Fellow through Federal Work-Study, Stanford, (1993-94)
  • Research Assistantship from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, (1990)

Research Areas

Dr. Mihri Ozkan’s research interests are the application of nanotechnology both in electronics and bioengineering fields. Her current active research areas can be categorized as: 1) Molecular electronics and non-Si based electronics, 2) Bionanotechnology for cancer treatment and imaging, and 3) Hybrid electronic and optoelectronic devices including photovoltaics.

Selected Publications

  • 1. B.Shao. LZ. Shi, JM.Nascimento, EL. Botvinick, M.Ozkan, MW.Berns, SC. Esener, “ High-throughput sorting and analysis of human sperm with a ring-shaped laser trap”, Biomd Microdevices (2007)
  • 2. X. Wang, F. Liu, G. T. S. Andavan, X. Jing, K. Singh, V. R. Yazdanpanah, N. Bruque, R.R. Pandey, R. Lake, M. Ozkan, K. L. Wang, and C. S. Ozkan, “Carbon Nanotube–DNA Nanoarchitectures and Electronic Functionality”, Small (2006), 2, No. 11, 1356 – 1365
  • 3. K. Singh, R. Pandey, X. Wang, R. Lake, C. Ozkan, K. Wang, M. Ozkan, ''SWNT-PNA-SWNT Conjugates: Synthesis, Characterization and Modeling,'' October, Carbon 44 (2006) 1730–1739. Impact factor: 3.331
  • 4. L. Hu, X. Zhang, P. Miller, M.Ozkan, C.Ozkan, and J.Wang, “Cell adhesion measurement by laser-induced stress waves”, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 100, 084701 (2006)
  • 5. OF Yilmaz, S. Chaudhary and M. Ozkan, “A hybrid organic–inorganic electrode for enhanced charge injection or collection in organic optoelectronic devices”, Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 3662–3667
  • 6. K.Galatsis, K.Wang, Y.Botros, Y.Yang, YH, Xie, JF.Stoddart, RB. Kaner, C.ozkan, J.Liu, M.Ozkan, C.Zhou and KW.Kim, “Emerging memory devices: Nontraditional possibilities based on nanomaterials and nanostructures”, IEEE Circuits and Devices Magazine May/June (2006)
  • 7. S Chaudhary, J H Kim, and M Ozkan, “Controlled Electron-Beam-Induced Large-Scale Alignment of Carbon Nanotubes at Metal Electrodes”, Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics, Vol.1, 1–3, (2006) (Published as the Cover Article)
  • 8. B Shao, S. Esener, JM Nascimento, MW Berns, EL Botvinick, M.Ozkan, “Size tunable three-dimensional annular laser trap based on axicons”, Optics Letters, November 15, (2006) / Vol. 31, No. 22
  • 9. NA. Bruque, K. Alam, RR Pandey, R Lake, JP Lewis, X Wang, F Liu, C Ozkan, M. Ozkan, K Wang, “Self-Assembled Carbon Nanotubes for Electronic Circuit and Device Applications”, Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics, Volume 1, Number 1, April (2006), pp. 74-81(8)
  • 10. X. Wang, R. Pandey, K.V. Singh, C. Tsai, R. Lake, M. Ozkan, C.S. Ozkan, ''Synthesis and characterization of peptide nucleic acid-platinum complexes,'' Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 1–7. Impact factor: 3.322
  • 11. Y. Bongyoung, R. Hendricks, M. Ozkan, N. Myung, ''Three-Dimensional Alumina,'' Electrochimica Acta 51 (2006) 3543–3550. Impact Factor: 2.341
  • 12. N.G. Portney, G. Destito, M. Manchester, M. Ozkan, ''Hybrid Assembly of CPMV Viruses and Surface Characteristics of Different Mutants,'' August, current topics in microbiology and immunology, 29 mp, 2006 (in press) Impact factor: 4.009 (Invited Contribution)
  • 13. N.G. Portney, M. Ozkan, “Nano-oncology: Drug Delivery, Imaging, and Sensing'' Anal Bioanal Chem (2006) 384: 620–630 Impact Factor: 2.098 (Invited Contribution)
  • 14. B. Shao, S. Zlatanovic, M. Ozkan, A. Birkbeck and S. Esener, “Manipulation of microspheres and biological cells with multiple agile VCSEL traps'', Sensors and Actuators B 113 (2006) 866–874 Impact Factor: 2.39
  • 15. S. Ravindran, C. Tsai, K.V. Singh, S. Andavan G.T., Y. Gao, M. Ozkan, E. Hu, C.S.Ozkan, ''Nano-patterned liquid metal electrode for the synthesis of novel prussian blue nanotubes and nanowires,'' Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 714–718. Impact factor: 3.322
  • 16. S. Prasad, E. Tuncel, M. Ozkan, ''Association of Different Prediction Methods for Determination of the Efficiency and Selectivity on Neuron Based Sensors,'' Biosensors and Bioelectronics 21 (2006) 1045–1058. Impact factor: 3.251
  • 17. R.A. Flynn, B. Shao, M. Chachisvilis, M. Ozkan, S.C. Esener, ''Counter-propagating optical trapping system for size and refractive index measurement of microparticles,'' Biosensors and Bioelectronics 21 (2006) 1029–1036. Impact Factor: 3.251
  • 18. A. Birkbeck, X. Zlatanovic, S. Esener, M. Ozkan, ''Laser-tweezer-controlled solid immersion microscopy in microfluidic systems,'' Optics Letters, 30, 20, 2712-2714, (2005). Impact Factor: 3.882
  • 19. R.A. Flynn, B. Shao, M. Chachisvilis, M.Ozkan, S.C. Esener, ''Two-beam Optical Traps: Refractive Index and Size Measurements of Microscale Objects,'' Biomedical Microdevices 7:2, 93–97, (2005) Impact Factor: 2.7
  • 20. N. G. Portney, K. Singh, S. Chaudhary, G. Destito, A. Schneemann, M. Manchester, M. Ozkan, ''Organic and Inorganic Nanoparticle Hybrids,'' Langmuir (2005), 21, 2098-2103. Impact Factor: 3.295
  • 21. X.Zhang, S. Prasad, S. Niyogi, A. Morgan, M. Ozkan,C.S. Ozkan, ''Guided Neurite Growth on Patterned Carbon Nanotube Substrates,'' Sensors and Actuators B 106 (2005) 843–850. Impact Factor: 2.39
  • 22. M.Ozkan, ''Quantum dots and other nanoparticles: What they can offer to drug discovery?,'' Drug Discovery Today, 9, 24, 1065-1071, 2004 Impact Factor: 6.928 (Invited Contribution)
  • 23. S. Chaudhary, J. H. Kim, K. V. Singh and M. Ozkan, ''Optical Microscopy Visualization of Single- walled Carbon Nanotubes Using Fluorescent Nanocrystals,'' NANO LETTERS (2004) Vol. 4, No. 12 2415-2419. Impact Factor: 9.4
  • 24. S. Prasad, X. Zhang, C. Ozkan and M. Ozkan, ''Neuron Based Microarray Sensors for Environmental Sensing,'' Electrophoresis 2004, 25, 3746–3760. Impact factor: 4.04
  • 25. J. Kim, J. Stephens, D. Morikis, M. Ozkan, ''Hybrid inorganic-organic molecular beacons,'' Sensor Letters, 2, 2, 85-90, 2004. (Published as the Cover Article)
  • 26. J. Kim, D. Morikis, M. Ozkan, ''Adaptation of Inorganic Quantum Dots for Stable Molecular Beacons,'' Sensors and Actuators B 102 (2004) 315–319. Impact Factor: 2.39
  • 27. S. Prasad, X. Zhang, M. Yang, C.S. Ozkan, M. Ozkan, ''Neuron as sensors: Individual and cascaded chemical sensing,'' Biosensors and Bioelectronics 19 (2004) 1599–1610. Impact factor: 2.947
  • 28. S. Prasad, X. Zhang, M. Yang, Y. Ni, V. Parpura, C.S. Ozkan, M. Ozkan, ''Separation of individual neurons using dielectrophoretic alternative current fields,'' Journal of Neuroscience Methods 135 (2004) 79–88. Impact factor: 1.889
  • 29. S. Chaudhary, W.C. W. Chan, M. Ozkan, ''Trilayer Hybrid Polymer-Quantum Dot light Emitting Display,'' Applied Physics Letters, 84, 15, 2925-2927, 2004 Impact Factor: 4.308
  • 30. M. Yang, S. Prasad, X. Zhang, M. Ozkan, C.S. Ozkan, ''Cascaded chemical sensing using a single cell as a sensor,'' Sensors Letters, 2, (1), pp. 1 - 8, 2004. (Invited Contribution)
  • 31. T. Girke, M. Ozkan, D. Carter and N. Raikhel, ''Towards a modeling infrastructure for studying plant cells,'' Plant Physiology, 132, 410-414, 2003. Impact factor: 5.8
  • 32. M. Ozkan, T. Pisanic, J.Sheel, C.Barrow, S. Esener and S.Bhatia, ''Electro-Optical Platform for the Manipulation of Live Cells,'' Special issue on the biomolecular Interface, Langmuir, 19, (5), 1532-1538, 2003. Impact Factor: 3.295
  • 33. M. Yang, S. Prasad, X. Zhang, M. Ozkan, C.S. Ozkan, ''Single osteoblast-based biosensor and signature pattern analysis,'' Sensors and Materials, 15, (6), 001-000 MYU Tokyo, 2003 (Invited Contribution)
  • 34. S. Prasad, X. Zhang, M. Yang, C.S. Ozkan, M. Ozkan, ''Patterned live-neural networks by induced electrical fields for bio-sensing,'' Journal of Association for Lab Automation, 8.2, 81-85, 2003. Impact factor: 3.0 (Published as the Cover Article)
  • 35. S. Prasad, X. Zhang, M. Yang, C.S. Ozkan, M. Ozkan, ''Electric Field Assisted patterning of Neuronal Networks for the Study of Brain Functions,'' Journal of Biomedical Devices, 5.2, 127-139, 2003. Impact factor: 2.7
  • 36. S. Ravindran, S. Chaudhary, B. Colburn, M. Ozkan, C.S. Ozkan, ''Covalent coupling of quantum dots to multiwalled carbon nanotubes for electronic device applications,'' Nano Letters, 3, (4), 447-453, 2003 Impact factor: 8.449
  • 37. A.L. Birkbeck, R.A. Flynn, M. Ozkan, D. Song, M. Gross, S.C. Esener, ''VCSEL arrays as micromanipulators in chip-based biosystem,'' J of Biomedical Microdevices, 5:1, 61-67, 2003 Impact factor: 2.7
  • 38. M. Ozkan, M. Wang, C.Ozkan, R.A. Flynn, S. Esener, ''Optical manipulation of objects and biological cells in microfluidic devices,'' J of Biomedical Microdevices, 5:1, 47-54, 2003. Impact factor: 2.7
  • 39. M. Ozkan, S. Bhatia, S. Esener, ''Optical addressing of polymer beads in microdevices,'' Sensors and Materials, 14, 4, p189-97, 2002. (Invited Contribution)
  • 40. R. Flynn, A. Birkbeck, M. Gross, M. Ozkan, B. Shao, M. M. Wang, S. C. Esener, ''Parallel transport of biological cells using individually addressable VSCEL arrays as optical tweezers,'' Sensors and Actuators B, vol 87, issue 2, 239-243, 2002. Impact Factor: 2.39
  • 41. M. Ozkan, C.S. Ozkan, O. Kibar, M.M. Wang, S.N. Bhatia, S. Esener, ''Heterogeneous Integration through Electrokinetic Migration,'' IEEE Journal of EMB, 20, 6, 144-151, 2001. Impact factor: 0.968
  • 42. M. Ozkan, C.Ozkan, O.Kibar, S. Esener, ''Massively parallel low-cost pick-and-place of optoelectronic devices by electrochemical fluidic processing,'' Optics Letters, 25, 17, pp.1285-1287, 2000 Impact factor: 3.882

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