Dr. Mark Burns is the T. C. Chang Professor of Engineering and Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MS and PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at the University of Massachusetts before joining the University of Michigan.
Prof. Burns has over 150 publications and patents. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has won numerous awards including both Research Excellence and Teaching Excellence awards from Michigan. He started the NIH-furnded Microfluidics in Biomedical Sciences graduate training program, and he is co-founder and Director of MCubed, a $30M innovative seed-funding program.
Dr. Burns’ group has published extensively on microfluidic technology. In the late ‘90s, his collaborative research team constructed arguably the first microfabricated integrated DNA analysis device. Since then, Dr. Burns has published on a variety of microfluidic systems including a nanoliter viscometer and an influenza detection and subtyping device. His current work centers on constructing inexpensive diagnostic systems and cost effective sensors for a variety of applications.