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Akid Ornob


Akid Ornob is an independent and self-driven problem solver with a keen interest in developing diagnostic and analytical platforms to tackle key healthcare challenges. He has extensive experience in MEMS, microfabrication, and nucleic acid based assay designing with a MS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Graduate Research Assistant January 2016 - August 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign US)

• Extensive cleanroom and microfabrication experience in designing, developing, and testing microwell and microfluidic devices for analytical and diagnostics purposes 

• Developed and validated novel nucleic acid amplification based assays for target detection from minimally processed biological samples (whole blood, saliva, tissue)

• Trained and managed a team of undergraduate research assistant and research technicians throughout the entire course of the project.  



1. A smartphone-based integrated POC platform for the detection of multiple pathogenic targets from minimally processed samples (blood, saliva)

2. Spatially mapped gene expression from minimally processed cancer tissue sections


Graduate Teaching Assistant August 2015 - December 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign US)

• Organized workshops on Matlab, ImageJ and AutoCad for various sophomore and junior level Bioengineering core courses 

• Hosted independent discussion sessions for Bioe 298: Signals and Systems in Bioengineering

• Continuously engaged with students and faculty members to outline course objectives and design course content in a thorough and effective manner


Research Officer July 2014 - July 2015

icddr,b (Dhaka BD)

•Performed routine maintenance, calibration and troubleshooting of biomedical equipment such as freezers and centrifuge, and analytical equipment such as (bio)chemistry analyzers and blood-gas analyzers in both Dhaka and Matlab offices


•Assisted other lab members in transporting and receiving vaccines for studies and maintained a record of all shipments


•Conducted site visits and actively collaborated with field research staffs to ensure smooth functioning of activities at all levels 


Junior Research Assistant June 2013 - July 2013

National University of Singapore (Singapore SG)

•Investigated a robust model to isolate rat hepatocytes with high efficiency and viability


•Developed a blueprint for the integrated system and designed successful experiments to improve the existing system


•Carried out experiments to study the pressure and mass changes in a rat liver during hepatocyte isolation, and to investigate the spectral analysis of liver samples using confocal microscopy; gained proficiency in image and signal processing, calibration of electronic sensors, design and modification of electronic circuits, modeling and prototyping, and fluid mechanics



Master of Science in Bioengineering 2015 - 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign US)

President, Bangladeshi Student's Association (BSA)

Student member, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 

Bachelor of Engineering in Medical Engineering August 2011 - June 2014

The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong HK)

First Class Honors 


MGH Student Technology prize 2017

inalist (top 5), MGH Student Technology prize for Primary Healthcare (2017)

MGH Student Technology prize 2016

1st Place, MGH Student Technology prize for Primary Healthcare (2016) F

Reaching Out Award 2012

Awarded scholarship for undertaking summer research internship at National University of Singapore

Dean's Honors List 2012

Top 10% of class

HKU Scholarship for Outstanding International Students 2011

HKU Foundation scholarship

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