Waseem Asghar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and Department of Biological Sciences (Courtesy Appointment), Florida Atlantic University.

Postdoc: Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard-MIT HST (07/2012 – 04/2014)

Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University (05/2014 – 08/2014)

PhD: University of Texas at Arlington, TX (Spring 2012)

Contact: 777 Glades Road, EE 96/Rm 435,
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Ph: 561.297.3728
Fax: 561.297.2800.

Dr. Waseem Asghar is an Assistant Professor at Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and Department of Biological Sciences (Courtesy Appointment), Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. in Spring 2012 from UT Arlington, with a research focus on development of micro and nanoscale devices for cancer diagostics and treatment. Dr. Asghar held a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (July 2012-April 2014). Later he joined Stanford School of Medicine as Research Fellow before coming to FAU. He has solid background in nano-biosensors, BioMEMS, point of care devices,  reproductive technologies, and tissue culture. His research focuses on a broad area of biotechnology including development of flexible microfluidic platforms for HIV patients, early detection of cancer at molecular and cellular scale, microfluidic devices for sperm sorting, cryobiology, and drug delivery. He has published his work at many prestigious peer-reviewed journals including NanoToday, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and Lab on a Chip. His research work was featured as journal cover images several times including Lab on a Chip and IEEE TNANO journals. He has published 50+ peer reviewed journal papers, 5 full length conference papers, over 40 conference abstracts, 4 book chapters, 1 patent. He is recipient of various international and national awards; “2020 New Faculty Researcher Award by ASEE SE”, “2020 Researcher of the Year Award by FAU”, “Outstanding STEM Educator Award, by The Engineers’ Council 2018”, “Humanity in Science Award 2016”, “Faculty Mentoring Award 2015”, and “Nanofab Best Graduate Student Award 2012”. He is awarded couple of prestigious fellowships including “IEngage Mentoring Fellowship” and “STEM Fellowship”. He has also served as a mentor for MIT undergraduate research opportunity program (UROP) to advise MIT students in research projects.

Current Graduate Students


Mazhar Sher

Electrical Engineering Graduate Student

Mazhar joined Asghar Lab in spring 2016. He completed his undergrad in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar-Pakistan in 2009. Later, he did his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2013. He taught at the same university before joining FAU for his PhD in Electrical Engineering. He is currently working on paper based microfluidic devices. He is interested in applied mathematics and bioengineering. He loves playing cricket and table tennis.


Sandhya Sharma

Graduate Student

Sandhya Sharma, graduated with Master of science degree in Bioenginering in Fall 2014 from Florida Atlantic University. She holds BS degree in Biotechnology. Currently, working in Asghar-Lab to gain more knowledge and experience in the area of cancer stem cell, drug delivery, and biomedical devices.


Md Alamgir Kabir

Electrical Engineering Graduate Student

Kabir joined Asghar Lab in Fall 2016. He completed his undergrad in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi-Bangladesh in 2013. Before joining to FAU for his PhD in Electrical Engineering he taught at Uttara University, Bangladesh. He is currently doing research on disease diagnostic platforms. He loves traveling.


Robert Fennell

Electrical Engineering Graduate Student

Bob joined Asghar Lab in Spring 2016 as a PhD student. His area of interests are photonics, biomedical imaging, and wireless communication.


Afrouz Ataei

Physics PhD Student

Afrouz joined Asghar Lab in Spring 2017 as a PhD student. Her areas of interest are bioimaging, bioradiation, sperm sorting, and microfluidics.


Caner Mutlu

Electrical Engineering Graduate Student

Caner Mutlu, graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in Summer 2017 from Florida Atlantic University. He joined Asghar-Lab in Spring 2018 and currently working to develop and gain more knowledge in the area of biomedical devices.


Sheikh Muhammad Asher Iqbal

Electrical Engineering PhD Student

Mr. Iqbal, graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in  2019 from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. He joined Asghar-Lab as a PhD student in Fall 2019 and currently working to develop novel biosensors.


Amy Makler

Integrated Biology Program PhD Student

Amy Makler, graduated with Bachelor of Science and Masters in Sciences degrees in Biology, both from FAU.  Se joined Asghar-Lab as a PhD student in IB PhD program starting Spring 2019 and currently working for early cancer diagnosis using exosomes.

Current Undergraduate Students


Ben Coleman

Undergraduate Student

Ben Coleman, a 2016 FAU High School alumnus, is currently a senior electrical engineering student at FAU who aspires to become a graduate student. He joined Asghar Lab in Spring 2016 and is working with cell phone image processing algorithms and magnetic nanoparticles. Outside his work, Ben is an avid long-distance runner.

Current High School Students


Sydney Yu

High School Student

Sydney Yu, a freshman at Florida Atlantic University majoring in computer engineering, joined Asghar Lab in Fall 2016. She is also interested in biomedical research. Outside of research, she likes to volunteer and work in live production and theater.



Shazia Ilyas

Bioengineering Graduate Student

Shazia Ilyas joined Asghar lab in Fall 2018. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging Technology from University of Health Sciences, Lahore-Pakistan. She received a Master of Philosophy in Biochemistry from The University of Lahore, Pakistan and served as a Senior Lecturer for two years. She recently completed her Master of Science in Bioengineering from Florida Atlantic University. Her area of interests are microfluidics, smartphone-based microscopy, and disease detection platforms for point-of-care settings.


Whitney Blanchat

Bioengineering Graduate Student

Whitney joined Asghar Lab in Spring 2018 as a Master student. Her area of interests is development of POC molecular testing platforms for various infectious agents including Zika and HIV.


Chad Coarsey

Bioengineering Graduate Student

Chad Coarsey just completed a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a focus in Microbiology at Florida Atlantic University, and is pursuing a M.S. Bioengineering degree.  During the start of his undergraduate career, he faced a hospitalization that led to a serious drug-resistant hospital acquired infection. This near death experience set in motion his interests in understanding microbial virulence, pathogencity, and disease.  Since the Summer of 2013, he has been working in a lab discovering novel antibiotic compounds from isolated soil bacteria.  In this lab, he sought to meet the growing demand of new classes of antibiotics, and has isolated three cultures producing an antibiotic. Chad joins the Ashgar Lab at FAU in order to develop new methods and technologies in disease diagnostics and implementation. Currently, he is reviewing the biotechnological and immunological diagnosis of Ebola Virus in order to develop an efficient technology with remote-area application.  Outside of academia, Chad is an avid beach lover, a seasoned ceramicist and prefers to bicycle around on Boca Raton’s bike trails.  He is from Statesville, North Carolina, and loves cooking southern cuisine.


Kristina Fritz

Bioengineering Graduate Student

Kristina joined Asghar Lab in Fall 2017 as a Bioengineering Masters student. Her area of interests are microfluidics and advanced reproductive technologies. She got admission into an MD program


Lauren Picado

Undergraduate Student

Lauren Picado is a senior student at Florida Atlantic University majoring in electrical engineering. She joined the Asghar Lab in Summer 2016 and is currently working with Mazhar on microfluidic devices. She joined the lab because she is extremely interested in the medical field. Her goals of joining the lab is to be a crucial component in advancing the lab and to strengthen her skills in research. She joined New York University for Graduate Studies.


Eeshani Behara

High School Student

Eeshani Behara joined Asghar Lab in Summer 2017. She is interested in biomedical research and is working on developing improved diagnostics for e-coli detection. 

Abdul Hanan

Undergraduate Student

Abdul Hanan, a freshman in FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science, joined Asghar Lab in Fall 2016. He wants to learn about sensors and play a significant role in the development of devices for rapid disease diagnostics. He loves to play cricket and soccer. 


Jorge Jimenez

Undergraduate Student (Electrical Engineering Major)

Jorge Jimenez, a senior electrical engineering student at Florida Atlantic University, joined the Asghar Lab in Fall 2016. Captivated by the merging of both engineering and biology led him to seek their combined contribution to humanity’s advancement. Jorge is researching paper based microfluidic devices. Eager to learn as much as possible, the soon to be graduate student is looking to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

Molly Rubin

Bioengineering Graduate Student

Molly Rubin started her MS in Bioengineering in Spring 2016. She completed her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Ceramic Arts at Florida Atlantic University.  She previously attended Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied Jewelry Fabrication and Design.  She is currently applying her knowledge of computer-aided design learned at SCAD to fabrication of microfluidic chips.  She recently joined the Asghar Lab and is currently doing research in sperm chemotaxis and its application to Assisted Reproductive Technology.


Kari Rappa

Bioengineering Graduate Student

Kari Rappa started her Master of Science Degree in Bioengineering at Florida Atlantic University in the Fall of 2014 in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She graduated with her B.S. in Biology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in the Spring of 2013 where she participated in research in bacterial genomics and sequencing. Her current research interests include tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, and point of care devices. She intends on completing a master’s thesis in one of these areas at FAU.


Samantha Bonder

Undergraduate Student

Sammi Bodner is a recent graduate of FAU High School and will be finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Biology within the next year. She joined Asghar Lab in May 2015 and is currently working with Chad to create a more efficient method of detecting viruses.  Sammi is also secretary of the Biomedical Engineering Society and member of AMSA. She plans on continuing her education by going to medical school after she graduates, and eventually becoming a doctor. Sammi’s family is originally from Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and she speaks fluent Russian. Outside of school and research, Sammi enjoys being actively involved in Jewish community organizations, spending time with family, and figure skating. She joined University of Florida Gainsville for Graduate Studies. 

Matthew Dardet

High School Student

Matthew Dardet is currently a high school junior attending Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale living in the scenic lands of Florida. He retains an eclectic palette for all disciplines of science and can oftentimes be found reading about nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, mathematics, or physics; in regards to the laboratory, he is particularly fascinated by the adaptability of the lab-on-a-chip platforms within multiple biomedical spheres.  Interested in a multitudinous quantity of academic subtopics, he hopes to engage in a symbiotic relationship with the Asghar Lab wherein many different ideas, techniques, and experiences can be exchanged. Matthew has been a member of the science research program in his school for approximately two years, and he hopes to continue researching a variety of topics while enrolled in university. Apart from his studies, Matthew enjoys cooking, playing the contrabass and electric bass in jazz bands or orchestras, golfing, and writing science fiction novels or historical reports.

Marisa Long

Marisa Long is a post-baccalaureate student here at FAU and is currently finishing up the necessary requirements for her application to medical school. She previously graduated in 2008 with her B.S. in Business and Retailing from Michigan State University. With a strong interest in biomedical research, she joined the Asghar lab (Summer 2015) to assist on projects pertaining to point-of-care devices in disease diagnostics. Currently, she is working on the design for isolation of circulating tumor cells with the use of nanostructured substrates.

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Jazmin Gomez

Undergraduate, Neuroscience Major

Jazmin Gomez is currently working on her B.S. in neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University. She is hoping to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate degree and becoming an anesthesiologist. Outside of school, Jazmin enjoys going to the beach and reading. She joined Asghar-Lab in Summer 2015.


Sarah Geevarughese

Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience & Behavior Major)

Sarah Geevarughese is currently working to complete a B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior. She is also a student of FAU High School, and will be graduating in 2018. She joined Asghar Lab in October 2015, and is currently assisting in sperm chemotaxis and its application to Assisted Reproductive Technology. Sarah is a member of AMSA and an active member of the community. She hopes to go to medical school and become a surgeon in the future. 

Noah Glachman

Noah Glachman is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science studying Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. He is spending his 2015 summer interning in the Asghar Lab.

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Julie Pamela Rojas

Undergraduate, Biological Science Major

Julie Pamela Rojas is currently finishing her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Arts at Broward Community College. She has trainings in healthcare providing, heart saver first aid, emergency care, and safety institute. She planning to apply into the medical school to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. She joined Asghar Lab in Summer 2015 and currently doing research in sperm chemotaxis.


Reina Valdez

Undergraduate, Neuroscience and Behavior Major

Reina Valdez is a senior at Florida Atlantic University Pursuing a B.S Neuroscience and Behavior. She Joined Asghar Lab in summer 2015. She is interested in learning, contributing, and gaining experience in the Asghar lab. Reina will be working in sperm chemotaxis by helping to develop more ideas and applying basic scientific knowledge to the projects. She enjoys doing community service and being involved in programs that enhance her career pathways.


Luiz Medeiros

Undergraduate Engineering

Luiz Medeiros is an engineering student currently double majoring in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. In addition, he has also studied in France, where he studied Engineering Management and Mechatronics Engineering at EIGSI. He is currently in his last year of studies (graduating in December) for both Majors. Beyond the academic experiences, Luiz also carries significant experience working with startups, small companies and global established companies such as Takata. Luiz enjoys working on challenging, significant problems, that involve creating novel solutions. Finally, on his off time, he finds it enticing to travel, experiment different cultures and environments, explore new languages, Mountain bike (specially downhill), snowboard (specially on fluffy snow between -5C and -15C), soccer, volleyball and experience great meals. He joined Asghar-Lab in Spring 2015.