Victor Ugaz


Holder of the Charles D. Holland ’53 Professorship

Holder of the Thaman Professorship

Chair, TAMU Professional Program in Biotechnology (PPiB)

Ugaz Web

Office: 224 CHEN
Phone: 979.458.1002
Fax: 979.845.6446

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Research Interests

My research focus on harnessing the unique characteristics of transport and flow at the microscale to enable new chemical and biochemical analysis technologies.  Specific areas of interest include:

• Learning how to control transport of charged biomolecules (DNA,  proteins) in micro- and nano-scale surroundings to achieve faster and more efficient separations

• Harnessing microscale convective flow fields to execute thermally driven biochemical reactions such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a faster and 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

• Constructing 3D vascular networks for biomedical applications using novel manufacturing methods

Awards & Honors

  • Charles Crawford Distinguished Service Award


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1999
  • M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1994
  • B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Selected Publications

Shi, N. and Ugaz, V.M. “An Entropic Force Microscope Enables Nano-scale Conformational Probing of Biomolecules.” Small, 10 (2014): 2553-2557.

Meng, F., King, M.D., Hassan, Y.A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Localized Fluorescent Complexation Enables Rapid Monitoring of Airborne Nanoparticles.” Environmental Science: Nano, 1 (2014): 358-366.

Priye, A., Hassan, Y.A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Microscale Chaotic Advection Enables Robust Convective DNA Replication.” Analytical Chemistry, 85 (2013): 10536-10541.

Contreras-Naranjo, J.C. and Ugaz, V.M. “A Nanometer-scale Resolution Interference-based Probe of Interfacial Phenomena Between Microscopic Objects and Surfaces.” Nature Communications, 4 (2013): DOI:10.1038/ncomms2865.

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.

Ozturk, S., Hassan, Y.A., and Ugaz, V.M. “Interfacial Complexation Explains Anomalous Diffusion in Nanofluids.” Nano Letters, 10 (2010): 665-671.

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).

Chen, X. and Ugaz, V.M."Investigating DNA Migration in Pulsed Fields Using a Miniaturized Field Inversion Gel Electrophoresis System." Electrophoresis, 29 (2008): Accepted for publication.

Lo, R.C. and Ugaz, V.M."Microchip DNA Electrophoresis with Automated Whole-Gel Scanning Detection." Lab on a Chip, 8 (2008):Accepted for publication (DOI: 10.1039/B811033F).

Wang, J., Gonzalez, A.D., and Ugaz, V.M."Tailoring Bulk Transport in Hydrogels Through Control of Polydispersity in the Nanoscale Pore Size Distribution." Advanced Materials, 20 (2008): In press (DOI: 10.1002/adma.200801303).

Agrawal, N. Hassan, Y.A., and Ugaz, V.M."A Pocket-sized Convective PCR Thermocycler."Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 46 (2007): 4316-4319.Designated as a "Very Important Paper" by the journal editors.Highlighted in New Scientist [Iss. 2602 (5 May, 2007): 27].

Sudarsan, A.P. and Ugaz, V.M. “Multivortex Micromixing.” PNAS, 103 (2006): 7228-7233.

Shaikh, F.A. and Ugaz, V.M. “Collection, Focusing, and Metering of DNA in Microchannels Using Addressable Electrode Arrays for Portable Low-power Bioanalysis.” PNAS, 103 (2006): 4825-4830.