Azhar Ilyas, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)                                                                                                                  

Postdoc: Texas A&M University, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dallas, TX, USA (06/2014 – 08/2016)                    

PhD: University of Texas at Arlington, TX (Fall 2013)                                                                                                            

Contact: Harry Schure Hall, Rm #222, Old Westbury, NY 11568                                                                                              Email: ailyas@nyit.edu                                                                                                                                                                          Ph: 516.686.7455                                                                                                                                                                                Fax: 516.686.7933

Dr. Ilyas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Prior to joining NYIT, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington in 2013. His research experience and interests are in a broad area of nano-biotechnology with particular focus on nano-biosensor, BioMEMS, point of care devices, biomaterials, cell-surface interactions, bone regeneration and drug delivery systems. Dr. Ilyas has published his work at many prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Advanced Healthcare Materials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Biotechnology Advances and Nanotechnology. His research work was featured as journal cover image several times for different journals including Lab-on-a-Chip and IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. He has authored/coauthored 15+ peer-reviewed journal papers, 4 full length conference papers, over 20 conference abstracts, 1 book chapter and 4 patent/IP disclosures. He is recipient of various other awards and fellowships including Best Paper Award at 5th IEEE/NIH 2011 Life Science Systems and Applications Workshop (LISSA’ 11) on NIH campus at Bethesda, I-Engage Mentoring Fellowship and Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship at UT Arlington. He also serves as reviewer for various prestigious journals including Nanoscale, Langmuir, Analyst, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Access, and Nanoscale Research Letters. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and serves on the Research & Development Policy committee (RDPC) for IEEE-USA

 

Current Students

    • Abdulhadi Badran

    • Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences, B.S.

Abdulhadi is an undergraduate life sciences – biomedical engineering student at NYIT. He joined the BNB Lab in Fall 2019. He is working with developing a method to be able to 3D print a human and functional kidney. Before joining NYIT, Abdulhadi has studied in several universities and institutions in different majors and backgrounds such as Biomedical Physics and English Language. He loves reading and playing table tennis.

Ghulam Ahmed

Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S.

 
Ahmed is a graduate Mechanical Engineering student at NYIT. He joined the BNB Lab in spring 2020. He is working on an optical biosensor which detects protein using Nanostructure porous silica chip. Mainly. He is focused on the working procedure of Interferometer biosensor to detect the HIV proteins. Before joining NYIT, Ahmed has studied in VFSTR’S University in India with different majors such as Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Ahmed spends his spare time learning about history, ancient civilizations, and cultures.

 

Shebin Tharakan

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences, B.S./D.O.

 
Shebin is an undergraduate B.S./D.O. student at NYIT. He joined the BNB Lab in the Summer of 2020. He is working on using stem cells to promote osteogenesis. His hobbies currently include working out and playing video games in his free time.

Shams Khondkar

Department of Bioengineering, M.S.

 
Shams is a graduate Bioengineering student at NYIT. He Joined the BNB Lab in the Fall of 2019. He is working on developing a bioink to 3D print scaffolds for bone regeneration. Before Joining NYIT, Shams did his undergraduate studies at RPI in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering. His hobbies include running and playing video games.

Mary Housny

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences, B.S.

 
Mary is a undergraduate Biology student at NYIT. She joined the BNB Lab in the Spring of 2021. She is working on the assembly of point of care biosensor devices to detect HIV proteins. In her spare time, she loves to sing, swim and play guitar.

Bernard Saks

Department of Bioengineering, M.S. Biomedical Engineering with Math Minor B.S.

 
Bernard is currently a graduate student in the accelerated Bioengineering M.S. program at NYIT. He has an extensive background in research, with work done at the Icahn School of Medicine from 2015 to 2017. Bernard has been conducting research at Dr. Ilyas’s Lab for the past 3 years on point of care disease diagnostics using microfluidic devices. His current hobbies are fitness, tennis, culinary skills and playing cello. His current research at Dr. Ilyas’s lab is developing a rapid and cost effective HIV/AIDS diagnostic and monitoring system using optical enumeration using a smartphone camera. 

Najla Elshrif

Department of Bioengineering, M.S.

 
Najla is a graduate student studying Bioengineering, M.S at NYIT.  She went to Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate. Her major was biology with a minor in chemistry. Najla started working on her thesis with professor Ilyas in spring 2021. She likes hiking and bird watching.

Ahmal  Mais

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences, B.S.

 
Ahmal is an alumnus from NYIT. he was an undergraduate life sciences – biomedical engineering student at NYIT. He is originally an international student from Jamaica, but came to the New York Institute of Technology to pursue biomedical engineering since he is fond of the state and the major was not available back home. Bioprinting, 3D printing and software development are Ahmal areas of interest, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, video games and guitar practice. Currently, his research is centered on bioactive glasses and 3D printing. 
 



Alumni

Abrar Hussain 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S.  

 
Abrar was an international student from Hyderabad, India. He pursued his Masters in Computer Science at NYIT and joined the BNB lab in Fall 2018. He specialized in software development, with a focus on image processing and computer vision. Abrar was developing a mobile solution for counting cells in a blood sample for detection of cancer. He enjoys cooking and traveling, and loves to “make and break” software. He is a big fan of life hacking through technology and a passionate about video game design and development.

 

Naomi Edwards

Department of Bioengineering, M.S.

 
Naomi was an international student from Barbados with a background in Physics with Medical Electronics. At NYIT, Naomi was a graduate Bioengineering student. She joined the BNB Lab in January 2019 on the Scaffolding Project which entailed 3D printing modified gelatin with nanoparticles. Naomi conducted mechanical and biological testing on various bio-inks to determine an optimized concentration to promote osteogenesis. She enjoys beach activities and dance.

Konstantinos Doikos

Department of Bioengineering, M.S.

 
Konstantinos was a graduate Bioengineering student at NYIT. He joined the BNB Lab in the Summer of 2019. He was working on developing a microfluidic device for cell capture which can be used for HIV diagnosis. Before joining NYIT, Konstantinos did his undergraduate studies at CTI in Electrical Engineering. At this time, he is working at NYU Langone Hospital as a Clinical Equipment Specialist. He loves to go to the gym and to play chess.

Saadia MIr

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Saadia MIr was a 4th year Medical school emigree student at NYCOM. She is working towards her Doctor of Osteopathic degree which she expects to complete in May of 2021. She was born in England and received her MBBS degree from ISRA University. She has keen interest in hematology/oncology and aspires to become a hematologist one day. Therefore, use of bio material and building nanodevices for early cancer detection aligns with her interests and expertise. She hoped to bring medical dynamics to the research team and contribute to the success of BNB Lab.

Isaac Goldstein

High School Student

 
Isaac was a rising senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School. He is a member of his school’s Science Research program, and was working with the BNB lab to write a literature review on circulating tumor cells. Isaac enjoys running and listening to music in his free time.

Kayla Ho

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 

Aakarsha Kasturi

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 

 

Omnath Choudhary 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 

Swapnil Barot 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S.  

Jeffrey John 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S. 

Arij Haroon 

Department of Biomedical Engineering, B.S. 

Sameer Kazi 

High School Student 

Qi Kang

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 

Keqin Zong

Department of Computer Science, M.S

Nurbolat Tulegenov

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 

Sandeep Srinivasa

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 

Tejal Ghuge

Department of Computer Science, M.S. 

Ami Shah

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D., (UTA) 

Taha Azimaie

Department of Biomedical Sciences, M.S., (Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry)

Ayano Shinohara

Ph.D. Research Trainee., (Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry)

Ross Grounds

Department of Biology, B.S., (UTA) 

Andrea Shiakolas

B.S. Research Trainee., (Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry)

Renita Cox

DDS Student., (Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry)

Chaudhry Arafat

B.S. & EE Senior., (UTA) 

Syed Qadri

M.S. & EE., (UTA) 

Saad Akhtar

B.S. & EE Department., (UTA) 

Raza Khan

B.S. & EE Senior., (UTA)