Co-Founder, Scientific Advisor

Professor Of Radiology, General Radiology, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Demirci is currently an associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Canary Center Early Cancer Detection. Prior to his Stanford appointment, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology serving at the Division of Biomedical Engineering, Division of Infectious Diseases and Renal Division. He leads a group of 20+ researchers focusing on micro- and nano-scale technologies. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 as a James B. Angell Scholar (summa cum laude) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his M.S. degree in 2001 in Electrical Engineering, M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering in 2005 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005, all from Stanford University.

The Demirci Bio-Acoustic MEMS in Medicine Labs (BAMM) laboratory specializes in applying micro- and nanoscale technologies to problems in medicine at the interface between micro/nanoscale engineering and medicine. We apply innovative technologies to clinical problems. Our major research theme focuses on creating new microfluidic technology platforms targeting broad applications in medicine. In this interdisciplinary space at the convergence of engineering, biology and materials science, our goal is to create novel technologies for disposable point-of-care (POC) diagnostics and monitoring of infectious diseases, cancer and controlling cellular microenvironment in nanoliter droplets for biopreservation and microscale tissue engineering applications. These applications are unified around our expertise to test the limits of cell manipulation by establishing microfluidic platforms to provide solutions to real world problems at the clinic.

Our lab creates technologies to manipulate cells in nanoliter volumes to enable solutions for real world problems in medicine including applications in infectious disease diagnostics and monitoring for global health, cancer early detection, cell encapsulation in nanoliter droplets for cryobiology, and bottom-up tissue engineering. His research interests involve applications of microfluidics and acoustics in medicine, especially: microfluidics for inexpensive, disposable CD4 counts and viral load for HIV in resource-constrained settings for global health problems; 3-D bioprinting and tissue models including 3-D cancer and neural cultures. Dr. Demirci has published over 80 peer reviewed publications in journals including PNAS, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Small, Trends in Biotechnology, Chemical Society Reviews and Lab-chip, over 150 conference abstracts and proceedings, 10+ book chapters, and an edited book. His work was highlighted in Wired Magazine, Nature Photonics, Nature Medicine, MIT Technology Review, Reuters Health News, Science Daily, AIP News, BioTechniques, and Biophotonics. His scientific work has been recognized by numerous national and international awards including the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2012), and the IEEE-EMBS Early Career Achievement Award (2012). He was selected as one of the world’s top 35 young innovators under the age of 35 (TR-35) by the MIT Technology Review. In 2004, he led a team that won the Stanford University Entrepreneur’s Challenge Competition and Global Start-up Competition in Singapore. His work has been translated to start-up companies including DxNow Inc. and KOEK Biotechnology.

  • Associate Professor, Radiology
  • Member, Bio-X
  • James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan (1999)
  •   Scholarship for Undergraduate Education, Turkish Ministry of Education (1996)
  •   Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, University of Michigan (1999)
  •   Raymond William Barrow (RWB) Stephens Student Prize of Elsevier Science, Proceedings of
    Ultrasonic International (2001)
  •   Outstanding Paper Award, Transactions on Ultrasonic, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control,
    IEEE (2003)
  •   1stPlace, BASES Entrepreneur’s Challenge Business Plan Competition, Stanford University (2004)
  •   Winner of Accenture Grand Prize, Singapore Business Plan Competition (2004)
  •   Ministry of Education Award, Turkish Ministry of Education (2005)
  •   TR-35 Award-MIT, MIT Technology Review (2006)
  •   Nano-Biotechnology Award, National Science Council of Turkey and The Turkish Industrialists* and Businessmen’s Association (2007)
  •   The Outstanding Young Persons of the World, Junior Chamber International (CI) (2009)
  •   Chinese Young Investigator Award, vational Science Foundation of China (2010)
  •   Engineering in Medicine and Biology Research Award for Translational Research, IEEE-Wyss Institute (2011)
  •   Coulter Translational Research Award, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) (2011)
  •   Partners in Excellence Award, Partners Health Care (2011)
  •   Early Career Achievement Award, IEEE-EMBS (2012)
  •   Faculty Early Career Developrent Award, NSF (2012)
  •   Sharktank Competition, American Epilepsy Foundation (2013)
  • Bright Futures Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham Research Institute (2013)
  •   Co-founder and Scientific Advisor, DxNow Inc. (2013 – Present)
  •   Co-founder and Scientific Advisor, Koek Biotech (2012 – Present)
  •   Scientific Advisory Board, Akron Biotech (2012 – Present)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Electrical Engineering (2005)
  •   M.S., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Management Science and Engineering (2005)
  •   M.S., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Electrical Engineering (2001)
  •   B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Electrical Engineering (1999)