Mehdi Javanmard

Dr. Mehdi Javanmard. Photo ©Rutgers ECE.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Mehdi Javanmard, an associate professor in the School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a senior member. He is one of 95 of the foremost emerging academic inventors identified by NAI’s member institutions to be welcomed to the 2023 class of senior members.

“I’m extremely delighted for this recognition by the NAI for my lab’s efforts in developing electronic and biomedical technologies,” says Javanmard. “It’s truly an honor to achieve this career milestone in becoming a senior member of the NAI. I must thank my students, postdocs, and collaborators for their efforts. I could not have achieved this without their help. I also give special thanks to the fantastic staff at the Rutgers tech transfer office for being so supportive of my team’s efforts.”

“This is a well-deserved recognition of Mehdi’s accomplishments, which brings national prestige and visibility to Rutgers, the School of Engineering, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,” says dean Alberto Cuitiño.

Javanmard holds 6 patents for his inventions, with another eight patents pending. Among his health-centric devices are:

  • Lab on a Chip, hand-held or wearable devices equipped with biosensors that monitor exposure to bacteria, viruses, and toxic pollutants
  • A graphene-based sensor for managing asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • A tool that analyzes microbes in aquatic environments to help assess the effects of climate change on sensitive ecosystems
  • The use of nanowell impedance sensing for a wide variety of medical applications, such as the detection of stress hormones like cortisol in blood; smart bandages for monitoring biomolecular activity during wound healing, in collaboration with biomedical engineering professor François Berthaume; and a covid breathalyzer in collaboration with mechanical and aerospace engineering professors Edward DeMauro, German Drazer, and Hao Lin.

Javanmard’s innovative wearable impedance cytometry and integration of machine learning and impedance cytometry analyzer has been licensed to RizLab Health.

“This is a startup company spinoff out of my lab at Rutgers that’s working to develop a handheld blood cell analyzer for oncology, infectious disease, and mental health patients,” he explains.

Javanmard will attend the Washington, D.C. celebration of the 2023 class of senior members at the NAI’s annual meeting, Diversifying Innovation for a Strong Economy and a Sustainable Future in June.

This story originally appeared on the Rutgers School of Engineering website.

Also an affiliated researcher at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Javanmard has been developing a portable sensor for detecting lead in environmental and biological samples as part of a CAIT project.

His team created a device that can measure small amounts of lead in sediments and waterways within minutes. This is far faster than current laboratory tests that can take days, and could allow municipalities, water companies, universities, schools, daycares, and homeowners to more easily test their water supplies in the future. Learn more here.