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White, Ian

Ian White
Associate Professor
3112 Clark Hall

Research Interests 

Amplified molecular sensors, particularly for disease detection, optical biosensors, ring resonators, SERS, and lab-on-a-chip. Projects include next-generation rolling circle amplification, rapid phenotype detection of antibiotic resistance, functional nucleic acids for biosensing, PCR sample prep for point-of-care, and inkjet-printed SERS substrates.



Dr. White has served as an Assistant Professor with the Fischell Department of Bioengineering since 2008. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri in 1997. He then received a Masters degree in 2000 and a Ph.D. degree in 2002 in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he studied photonic devices, transmission, and networking. While at Stanford, Dr. White also worked as a systems test engineer for Onetta, Inc., a photonic systems startup company in San Jose, CA. Then, from 2002 to 2005, Dr. White worked at Sprint's Advanced Technology Laboratory in Burlingame, CA. He then changed fields to bioengineering and worked as a postdoctoral fellow from 2005 - 2008 at the University of Missouri. Since 2008, he has led a research group within the University of Maryland's Fischell Department of Bioengineering that investigates microsystems for the study and diagnosis of disease at the cellular and molecular level.

Honors and Awards 

Young faculty awards
NSF CAREER "Paper-based surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (P-SERS) for biosensing using inkjet-fabricated devices," 2012

University of Maryland awards

Faculty Advisor of the Year Award (2016)

E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty (2013)

Related News 

Khaligh wins Clark School junior faculty teaching award
Khaligh will receive the Robert E. Kent Teaching Award for Junior Faculty at winter commencement. December 1, 2016

White Named University of Maryland 2016 Faculty Advisor of the Year
BIOE associate chair and director of undergraduate studies honored during 21st Annual Undergraduate Studies Advising Conference. August 11, 2016

Undergrad Adam Berger is awarded Goldwater Scholarship
Bioengineering student works with Ian White on projects involving surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. April 5, 2016

Sensing Drugged Driving: Fischell Researchers Receive SBIR for Roadside Drug Test
Diagnostic anSERS Inc. awarded $150,000 NSF grant to develop paper-based test to identify drivers under the influence of illegal drugs. July 20, 2015

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week
Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response. November 26, 2014

Diagnostic anSERS introduces SERS sensor 'for the mainstream'
UMD alumni/student company's product can detect trace chemicals for only a few dollars per test. June 13, 2014

Clark School Faculty Promotions Announced
Faculty promoted to full professor, associate professor with tenure. June 5, 2014

White Receives E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty
Professor honored at 2013 winter commencement. January 6, 2014

Shapiro, Yu Win 2013 BioE Teaching, Graduate Research Awards
Honors presented at annual "Welcome Back" seminar. September 9, 2013

Hoppmann Wins GRID Division for Presentation on Dipstick Sensors
Technology could be used for fast, efficient diagnosis of infectious disease. May 1, 2013

Diagnostic anSERS Takes 3rd and UMD Prize at Cupid's Cup Finals
Startup wins $10,000, plans to scale up manufacturing. April 8, 2013

Two BioE/ISR Professors Receive Maryland Industrial Partnership Funding
Diagnostic anSERS and Cordex Systems primed for further development of sensors, device for detection of heart disease. February 26, 2013

Diagnostic anSERS Heads to Cupid's Cup Finals
Printed sensors team to vie for $70,000 in April. February 26, 2013

Diagnostic anSERS Pitches Dingman...and Wins!
BioE startup company wins funding for paper-based sensor product. November 5, 2012

Shapiro, White receive inaugural innovation grants from UM-CERSI
Awards will support research on neonatal ventilator safety, new assay for viral diagnostics. April 6, 2012

White Receives Best Paper Award from Sensors
Top journal recognizes work on new biosensor technology. February 24, 2012

Ian White wins NSF CAREER Award for inkjet-based biosensors
White will develop method to print sensitive, portable and inexpensive biosensors using inkjet printers. February 6, 2012

Canon, Clark School Launch New Collaboration
Joint team to develop automated machine designed to expedite the diagnosis of infectious diseases. July 19, 2011

Gabriel, White join ISR as affiliate faculty
New faculty bring skills in microsystems for disease diagnosis; and mathematical modeling and algorithm design. June 27, 2011