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Shekhar Bhansali

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  • BS  Metallurgical Engineering, (MREC, Jaipur), 1987
  • MS Aircraft Production Engineering (IIT, Madras), 1991
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering (RMIT), 1997


Shekhar Bhansali is a Lucent Technologies CALA Distinguished University Professor at the Florida International University (FIU), having previously served as the Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems for two years. Bhansali served nine years as Department Chair at FIU and two years as the Interim Director of the School of Electrical, Computer, and Enterprise Engineering. Previously, he spent 11 years as a professor at the University of South Florida.
Bhansali’s expertise is in the field of biosensors, microfluidics, nanostructured catalysts, and microsystems. He has a background in developing microfluidic tools for DNA damage detection, 3D multicellular spheroid monitoring, real-time biomarker monitoring, automated cell health monitoring, cardiovascular diagnostic sensors, and many other diagnostic devices. He holds 40 patents, has over 300 peer-reviewed papers, and has directed research training programs that have supported over 200 doctoral students in all areas of STEM.
As a mentor, Bhansali has successfully advised over 200 postgrad and undergrad students, always being an advocate for minority students. He has been recognized for his mentoring through multiple awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Mentor of the Year Award. He is also an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors.

Recent Invited Talks/Papers

  • P. Bhushan, SV. Lahade, VA. Kamat, HA. Lev-Tov, RS. Kirsner, S.Bhansali “M02-3372 - (Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award Address) Towards Biosensor Enabled Smart Dressings for Management of Chronic Wounds: Advances and Perspectives” PRiME 2020 (ECS, ECSJ, & KECS Joint Meeting), 2020
  • S. Bhansali, “Towards Biosensor Enabled Smart Dressings for Management of Chronic Wounds: Advances and Perspectives” IEEE Sensors, New Delhi, India October 28-31, 2018.
  • S. K. Naveen Kumar, A. Akshaya Kumar, A. A. Aniley, S. Bhansali, and R. E. Fernandez, “Hydrothermal Growth of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Nanorods and Structural and Optical Studies for Soil pH Measurement Applications” 1st International Conference on Materials and Systems, Yamagata, Japan Aug 26-30, 2018.
  • S. RoyChoudhury, Y. Umasankar, and S. Bhansali, “Multimodal Enzymatic Sensing for Continuous Wound Monitoring”, 1st International Conference on Materials and Systems, Yamagata, Japan Aug 26-30, 2018.
  • S. Bhansali, “Antibody-Free Electrochemical Detection of Cortisol Using Molecularly Imprinted Polymer” 227th ECS Meeting, May 24-28, 2015.

Recent Journal Publications

Chaudhary, V. Khanna, H. Taimoor Ahmed Awan, K. Singh, M. Khalid, Y. Mishra, S. Bhansali, C. Li, A. Kaushiki. “Towards hospital-on-chip supported by 2D MXenes-based 5th generation intelligent biosensors”. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2022,

  • Bhushan, V. Kamat, I. Abrol, A. Kaushik, S. Bhansali. “Bio-acceptability of wearable sensors: a mechanistic study towards evaluating ionic leaching induced cellular inflammation.” Scientific Report, 2022,
  • Bourguignon, M. Alessandrello, R. Booth, C. Belén Lobo, S. Juárez Tomás, L. Cumbal, M. Perez, S. Bhansali, M. Ferrero, B. Lernera, “Bioremediation on a chip: A portable microfluidic device for efficient screening of bacterial biofilm with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon removal capacity.” Chemosphere. In press. 2022,
  • Bourguignon, V Kamat, M. Perez, K. Mathee, B. Lerner, S. Bhansali, “New dynamic microreactor system to mimic bioflm formation and test anti‑bioflm activity of nanoparticles.” Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology,, 2022.
  • Karuppaiah, J. Velayutham, S. Hansda, N. Narayana, S. Bhansali, P. Manickam, “Towards the development of reagent-free and reusable electrochemical aptamer-based cortisol sensor.” Bioelectrochemistry 145, 2022.

Recent Conference Papers

  1. S. V. Lahade, S. Namuduri, H. Upadhyay, S. Bhansali, “Alcohol Sensor Calibration on the Edge Using Tiny Machine Learning (Tiny-ML) Hardware” 237th ECS Meeting with the 18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS), 2020.
  2. A. Sonawane, M. Mujawar, S. Bhansali, “Plasma Assisted Control of Nanoparticle Distribution for Enhancing the Electrochemical Activity of Electrodes” 237th ECS Meeting with the 18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS), 2020.
  3. D.Vital, S. Bhansali, JL.Volakis, S.Bhardwaj, “Electronic Wound Monitoring Using Fabric-Integrated Data Modulation” Association for Psychological Science, 2020 .
  4. N.Bourguignon, V. A. Kamat, B. Lerner, M.Perez, S. Bhansali, “The Use of Lab on a Chip Devices to Evaluate Infectious Biofilm Formation and Assess Antibiotics and Nano Drugs Treatments” Meeting Abstracts, 44, 2103-2103, 2019.
  5. V. A. Kamat, T. Zhukov, S.Bhansali, “Rapid Selection of Active Circulating Tumor Cells Using Combined Electrical and Optical Detection in a ‘Lab on Chip’ Platform” Meeting Abstracts, 44, 2102-2102, 2019.

Recent Sponsored Programs

  • Advanced Sensors Technologies for Applications in Electrical Engineering - Research and Innovation eXcellence Consortium (ASTERIX), Department of Energy, $4,935,000. 
  • Real-Time Continuous Monitoring of Ionomer Degradation with Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor (ISFET) Microsensors, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, $200,000.
  • Transformative Technologies for personalized, vigilant health monitoring (ASSIST). National Science Foundation, $37,836,660.
  • Enabling Native Researchers and Graduate Engineering (ENRGE), Department of Energy, $1,500,000.
  • PFI-TT: A Low-Cost Cortisol Sensor for Real-Time Stress Monitoring, PI, National Science Foundation, $288,255.