Dr Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D. (MAE)/ Class of 2013
For his achievements as an up-and-coming young scientist, Nanyang Technological University is proud to present Dr Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani with the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Dr Warkiani is a researcher and lecturer at the University of New South Wales’ School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, where he is involved in ground-breaking research to build miniaturised systems that separate rare cells of the human body (e.g., cancer cells and fetal cells) for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. His work in the area of advanced microfluidics led to him being named as one of the top 10 innovators under 35 in the Asia-Pacific region by MIT Technology Review.
He completed his PhD at NTU under the prestigious Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). While doing his PhD, he developed novel isoporous membranes for isolation and recovery of waterborne pathogens using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) techniques, publishing eight journal articles and filing two international patents. Funded by the Environment & Water Industry Programme Office set up by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, he and his colleagues from NTU also developed a fully integrated genetic analyser for rapid detection of the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium from tap water.
After completing his PhD studies, Dr Warkiani undertook postdoctoral training at the Singapore- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre. There, he worked on the design and development of a novel microfluidic device to isolate and identify circulating tumour cells from blood for early cancer diagnosis. It has since been licensed to a multi-million dollar company in Singapore, and has attracted millions in funding for commercialisation purposes. The device is currently under clinical validations in cancer centres around the world.
Dr Warkiani’s other achievements include being named a Fresh Science winner – an award given out to early-career researchers around Australia – for the New South Wales region, and winning the best student paper award at the Advances in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics - Asian-Pacific International Symposium on Lab on Chip joint conference in 2011.