Dr. Michael Daniele, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University and in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State, has received a Faculty Early Career Development award, also known as the CAREER Award, from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty members in science and engineering.
NSF will provide $500,000 in funding over five years to support his project, “Reconfigurable Microfluidic-Microbalance Sensors to Monitor and Optimize the Performance of Microphysiological Models.”
Daniele will work to investigate and engineer a new generation of reconfigurable biosensor platforms that can be used to measure multiple circulating biomarkers and inform the development and analysis of microphysiological models. Because microphysiological models replicate human organ function, they are promising technologies for fundamental biological research and discovery of translatable biomarkers, pharmaceuticals and regenerative therapies.
His research will help to illuminate a path for future research into innovative means of making sensors to monitor multiple biochemical analytes simultaneously, to be reconfigured for use in microphysiological models of different organs, and to generate data streams for the future development of machine learning methods to analyze and discover novel correlations between biomarkers.
He earned his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Clemson University.