From security and safety to monitoring and medicine, sensors are devices that measure change. A sensor can function as a diagnostic instrument such as detecting a virus with a device that uses blood or sweat or a mechanism like an Apple watch that detects your heart rate. Here at CEAS, innovations have included virus testing, sweat sensing, and blood testing to detect even the most novel diseases like COVID-19. 

For medications, we can use sweat to get an exact measurement of concentrations in the blood. That’s important because once we can measure concentrations of therapeutics in blood, we can look at drug dosing.

Jason Heikenfeld Professor, Electrical engineering

Active Research Faculty

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Rui Dai

Assoc Professor


Research Interests: Wireless sensor networks

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Leyla Esfandiari

Assoc Professor


Research Interests: Point-of-case diagnostics

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Zachariah Elijiah Fuchs

Assoc Professor


Research Interests: Controls and sensing

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Victor Hunt

Research Associate Professor


Research Interests: Systems and controls

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Sang Young Son

Associate Professor


Research Interests: Wearable sensors

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Doctoral student works on biosensors for cancer detection

December 16, 2020

Yuqian Zhang, a doctoral graduate of the University of Cincinnati in electrical engineering, has focused her research on establishing innovative lab-on-a-chip devices for the rapid and sensitive detection of biomarkers for early disease diagnosis and prognosis. As she completes her degree in December, Zhang is being celebrated as the Graduate Student Engineer of the Month by UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Since coming to UC in 2015, Zhang has worked under the guidance of Leyla Esfandiari, assistant professor of biomedical and electrical engineering, in the Integrative Biosensing Lab.

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