Nathan Swami, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia, has earned the AES Electrophoresis Society 2021 Midcareer award for scholarly contributions to the electrokinetics field.

The award recognizes Swami’s leadership and research in the development of wideband microsystems for electrically driven measurements and separations of heterogeneous biosystems. As part of this honor, Swami will lead a plenary presentation at SciX 2021, an annual conference in analytical chemistry and allied sciences convened by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Sciences.

Electrophoresis involves electrically driven translation of biological molecules, subcellular bodies, individual cells or cellular assemblies to enable their measurement, cytometry and separation, based on their unique biophysical characteristics. Recent advances in the construction of micro to nanoscale devices and the integration of measurement electronics have enabled the controlled translation and identification of biosystems. Together with emerging innovations in data analytics, these high throughput platforms for precision medicine can lead to the association of disease with particular biophysical markers that can be routinely monitored to target the treatment of diseases.

Swami’s research group specializes in label-free microfluidic techniques for biofabrication, electrophysiology-based single-cell analysis and nano-confined systems for biomolecular analysis. He seeks to impact diagnostic systems in point-of-care and resource-poor settings for advancing precision medicine. Before joining UVA Engineering, Swami served as a Principal Scientist within the MEMS and Microfluidics group of Motorola Labs, and Senior Scientist at Clinical Microsensors, a Caltech start-up focused on electronically functional DNA micro-arrays.