Welcome to Prof. Z. Hugh Fan's Website


Dr. Z. Hugh Fan is a professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida (UF), USA. He currently holds UF Research Foundation Professorship and he is the George N. Sandor Faculty Fellow. He is one of nine faculty members of Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group (IMG), an interdepartmental laboratory in the College of Engineering at UF. He is also one of eighteen faculty members of the Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus (MF3) Center in the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Fan was a visiting professor in Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University, Ireland in 2009. He was also a visiting professor at Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Germany in the summer of 2010. Prior to joining UF in 2003, Dr. Fan was a Principal Scientist at ACLARA BioSciences Inc. (Mountain View, CA) for 3 years and was previously a Member of the Technical Staff at Sarnoff Corp. (Princeton, NJ) for 5 years.

Dr. Fan's research interests include microfluidics, BioMEMS (Biomedical MicroElectroMechanical Systems), sensors, cancer diagnostics, and bioengineering. His research focus is to develop microfluidics and BioMEMS technologies and apply them to biological applications. Microfluidics is promising to reach the holy grail of “lab-on-a-chip”. In analogy to shrinking a computer from the size of a room in the 1950s to a laptop today, instruments for chemical and biological analyses may be miniaturized using modern microfabrication technology. Potential applications of the portable, miniaturized devices may include point-of-care testing (e.g., in emergency rooms), environmental monitoring, and detection of biowarfare agents in the field.

Dr. Fan is a recipient of E.T.S. Walton Award from Science Foundation of Ireland in 2009, Fraunhofer-Bessel Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2010, and Career Award from National Institute of Health in 2011.  He also received George N. Sandor Faculty Fellow award in 2015, UF Research Foundation Professorship in 2014, UF Technology Innovator Award in 2015 and 2014, UF-HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) "Science for Life" Distinguished Mentor Award in 2013, and UF-Sigma Xi Junior Faculty Research Award in 2006. One paper from his group won MEMS division “Best Paper” award at 2013 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE). Dr. Fan is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group).

Dr. Fan received his B. Sc. from Yangzhou Teachers' College (now a part of Yangzhou University) in China and his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Canada. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Ames Laboratory of US Department of Energy at Iowa State University.

Email: hfan@ufl.edu; Telephone: 352-846-3021; Fax: 352-392-7303; Office: Larsen 223

Mailing Address: University of Florida, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 231 MAE-A Building, P.O. Box 116250, Gainesville, FL 32611-6250, USA

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Last update of this website: December, 2015