M. Selim Ünlü

08-2140-053Associate Director, Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Physics
Boston University

selim @ bu.edu

M. Selim Ünlü is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Physics at Boston University. He is also serving as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs as well as the Associate Director of Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology.

Prof. Ünlü  received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1986, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1988 and 1992, respectively. In 1992, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, as an assistant professor. He worked as a visiting professor at University of Ulm, Germany in 2000, ETH Zürich, Switzerland in 2006, and Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2007.

Dr. Ünlü’s career interests are in the areas of nanophotonics and biophotonics. Currently, he is working on high-resolution solid immersion lens microscopy of semiconductor devices and circuits, as well as biosensor fabrication and development of biological imaging techniques, particularly in high-throughput, label-free microarrays. In 2008, he started Zoíray Technology Inc. for commercialization of label-free immunoassays, and serves as the Chief Technology Officer.

During 1994-1995, Dr. Ünlü served as the Chair of IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society, Boston Chapter, winning the LEOS Chapter-of-the-Year Award. He was awarded National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award in 1993, United Nations TOKTEN award in 1995 and 1996, and both the National Science Foundation CAREER and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards in 1996. He has authored and co-authored over 250 technical articles and several book chapters and magazine articles; edited one book; and holds several patents. His professional service includes the former chair of photodetectors and imaging and founding chair of Nanophotonics technical committees for IEEE/LEOS, and Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. Dr. Ünlü has been selected as a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer for 2005-2007 and Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (ARCNN) Distinguished Lecturer for 2007. He has been elevated to IEEE Fellow rank in 2007 for his contributions to optoelectronic devices. In 2008, he was awarded the Science Award by the Turkish Scientific Foundation.

Related Publications:

E. Ozkumur, S. Ahn, A. Yalcin, C. Lopez, E. Cevik, R. Irani, C. DeLisi, M. Chiari, and M. S. Ünlü, “Label-free microarray imaging for direct detection of DNA hybridization and single-nucleotide mismatches,” Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Vol. 25, No. 7, 15 March 2010, pp. 1789-1795.

P. S. Spuhler, J. Knezevic, A. Yalcin, Q. Bao, E. Pringsheim, P. Dröge, U. Rant, and M. S. Ünlü, “Platform for in situ real-time measurement of protein-induced conformational changes of DNA ,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 4 January 2010.

A. Yalcin, F. Damin, E. Ozkumur, G. di Carlo, B. B. Goldberg, M. Chiari, and M. S. Ünlü, “Direct Observation of Conformation of a Polymeric Coating with Implications in Microarray Applications,” Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 81, 2009, pp. 625-630.

E. Ozkumur, J. Needham, D. A. Bergstein, R. Gonzalez, M. Cabodi, J. Gershoni, B. B. Goldberg, and M. S. Ünlü, “Label-free and dynamic detection of biomolecular interactions for high-throughput microarray applications,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Vol. 105, 10 June 2008, pp. 7988-7992.

Learn more about Professor Ünlü.