Rashid Bashir, executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Grainger Distinguished Chair of Bioengineering has been selected as a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) fellow, in recognition of his research contributions in the broad field of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology. RSC fellowships are the highest level of membership in the organization. Individuals are eligible to become a fellow of the RSC for making a significant impact in the chemical sciences and attaining a high professional standing not just within chemistry but also to the wider community.

Bashir’s research focuses on integrating engineering and technology with biology, from the molecular scale to tissues and systems. Among other innovations, his group has developed various lab-on-a-chip technologies, miniature biological robots (biobots), microfluidics, and point-of-care diagnostic devices, leading to the creation of multiple startup companies.

He has published more than 200 journal papers, has been granted 45 patents, and has licensed technology to his startups and other companies. He is a fellow of six other international professional societies (IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, APS, IAMBE, BMES).

“I am honored to have received the RSC fellowship,” said Bashir, who is also affiliated with the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Beckman Institute, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I am not only thankful to the RSC but more importantly, to my research group, without whom I won’t have been able to achieve this.”

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences for the benefit of science and humanity. With more than 54,000 members and an international knowledge business, the not-for-profit organization is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists with 175 years of history and a vision of the future that promotes, supports and celebrates future of the chemical sciences.