Taher Saif

Academic Title-Position: Gutgsell Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering

Department: Mechanical Science and Engineering

University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Lab: Saif Lab | Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Research Group Leader: Biobots

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Current Research

Topic: Biomachines (Motile Bots, Pump-bots), MPS (Neuron-Muscle)

Contributing Trainee(s) and corresponding trainee projects: Onur Aydin (Motile Bots, Neuron-Muscle), Zhengwei Li (Pump-bots).

Featured in:

https://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/researchers-build-microscopic-biohybrid-robots-propelled-muscles-nerves

This is the first prototype of a bio-hybrid swimmer where a group of neurons innervate a band of muscle wrapping around two tails of the swimmer. The neurons fire collectively and synchronously. As a result, the tails bend like flagella and the swimmer can swim. Such biological machines may one day be used for intelligent drug delivery, environmental cleaning, and for sensing. 

Publication:

O. Aydin, X. Zhang, S. Nuethong, G.J. Pagan-Diaz, R. Bashir, M. Gazzola, and M.T.A. Saif (2019). Neuromuscular actuation of biohybrid motile bots. PNAS, 116(40), 19841-19847.

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