DAVIS, Calif.; August 2, 2016­­­­–Erkin Şeker, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a 2016 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Young Innovator.

Erkin Şeker

Erkin Şeker, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected as a 2016 CMBE Young Innovator.

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) selected the 2016 Young Innovators and Şeker was one of 12 researchers to receive the honor. The society noted Şeker’s work entitled, “Mechanisms of Reduced Astrocyte Surface Coverage in Cortical Neuron-Glia Co-cultures on Nanoporous Gold Surfaces.” UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate Chris Chapman co-authored the article. This research will be included in the Young Innovator Issue of the BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal.

Şeker joined the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2007, where he developed techniques to control mechanical and morphological properties of nanoporous gold. Between 2009 and 2011, as a research associate at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, he developed multiple electrode arrays for neural electrophysiology applications and spearheaded the development of microsystems for monitoring transcriptional and secretory dynamics at a cellular-level in the context of metabolic dysregulation.

He is the recipient of the Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering at UVA, Fund for Medical Discovery Award from Massachusetts General Hospital, a University of California Lab Fees Research Grant, and a NSF CAREER Award. He served as an Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine and was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

This is the third year of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Young Innovators competition. According to the CMBE announcement the Young Innovators, “were selected through a competitive process that was initiated in fall 2015 when self-nominations were solicited from members of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The competition is open to all researchers holding the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent) working in the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.”

The 2016 CMBE Young Innovators will present their research at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in Minneapolis from Oct. 5 – 8, 2016.