Dr. Victor Ugaz is associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University and holder of the Kenneth R. Hall Development Professorship. His research focuses on harnessing the unique characteristics of transport and flow at the microscale to enable development of advanced DNA analysis technologies. Areas of investigation include learning how to control electrophoretic migration of DNA and proteins in microchannels; using convective flow fields to execute thermally driven biochemical reactions such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a faster an more efficient manner; designing novel geometries to mix chemical species in microchannels by exploiting secondary flow phenomena; developing new techniques that help understand how to manipulate and tailor the bulk properties of hydrogels by controlling their nanoporous morphology; and developing new polymer materials and processes to enable rapid and inexpensive construction of microfluidic devices.
Awards & Honors
- Invited participant at the National Academy of Engineering’s 2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium, October 2012, Irvine, CA
- Kenneth R. Hall Development Professorship, Texas A&M University, (awarded September, 2008)
- Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation (awarded April 2008)
- Celanese Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M University, (awarded December, 2007)
- Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, (awarded October, 2007)
- George Armistead, Jr. ’23 Faculty Fellow Award, Texas A&M University, (awarded May, 2007)
- Invited participant at the NSF Workshop on Frontiers in Transport Phenomena Research and Education, May 2007, University of Connecticut, Storrs
- Professor of the Year Award, Undergraduate Student Chapter of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, Texas A&M University (awarded May, 2006)
- Invited participant at The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative conference on The Genomic Revolution: Implications for Treatment and Control of Infectious Disease (November 2005)
- TEES Select Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M University (awarded October, 2005)
- Invited participant at The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative conference on Designing Nanostructures at the Interface between Biomedical and Physical Systems (November 2004)
- Ph.D., Northwestern University
- M.S., University of Texas at Austin
- B.S., University of Texas at Austin
Huang, J-H., Jayaraman, A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Enzymatic Sculpting of Nano- and Micro-scale Surface Topographies.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51 (2012): 9619-9623.
Huang, Y-W., Shaikh, F.A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Tunable Synthesis of Encapsulated Microbubbles by Coupled Electrophoretic Stabilization and Electrochemical Inflation.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50 (2011): 3739-3743.
Muddu, R., Hassan, Y.A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Chaotically Accelerated PCR by Microscale Rayleigh-Bénard Convection.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50 (2011): 3048-3052.
Shi, N. and Ugaz, V.M. “Tailoring the Nanoporous Architecture of Hydrogels to Exploit Entropic Trapping.” Physical Review Letters, 105 (2010): 108101.
Huang, J-H., Kim, J., Agrawal, N., Sudarsan, A.P., Maxim, J.E., Jayaraman, A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Rapid Fabrication of Bio-inspired 3-D Microvascular Networks.” Advanced Materials, 21 (2009): 3567-3571. Cover Article (Issue 35).