Dr. Waseem Asghar turned his lifelong passion for learning and making an impact on society into a fulfilling career as an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Florida Atlantic University. He also serves as the laboratory director for micro and nano-biotechnology in medicine at the university.
Dr. Asghar was drawn to his industry after taking an exciting nano-biotechnology course while earning his PhD degree. After exploring nano-biotechnology further, Dr. Asghar felt inspired to pursue Ph.D. research in the field.
In his current role, Dr. Asghar focuses specifically on biosensors and microfluidic technologies. From infectious disease diagnostics to human sperm sorting, these technologies have various applications in the human health field. One of the commercialized products he and his team developed is a microfluidic device used to sort and select the best quality sperm cells in order to support in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures for couples facing fertility challenges. “So far, more than 30,000 babies have been born due to this technology,” said Dr. Asghar. “It is incredibly fulfilling to know that I played a role in improving human health and that our device helped numerous families.” “Witnessing my work make a true difference in the lives of others provides me with a great deal of enthusiasm for my job.