• Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Director of Undergraduate Program, Chemical Engineering
  • Chair, TAMU Professional Program in Biotechnology (PPiB)
  • Carolyn S. & Tommie E. Lohman '59 Professor in Engineering Education
Dr. Ugaz

Educational Background

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

Research Interests

    • 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

  • Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, 2019
  • Charles Crawford Distinguished Service Award

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-BĂ©nard 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.