Salik Research Group
Rapid and Cost-effective Optical Sensing
We are developing optical sensors that have applications in various fields. Our sensors can be used to detect very small temperature, strain, and refractive index changes. Our strong emphasis is on biosensors for medical diagnosis, environmental monitoring, food safety, and biodefense. Our projects are truly interdisciplinary bringing together faculty and students from numerous disciplines.
You can find more information about our group by following the links on the left. Check out immediate openings, if you would like to participate in our research (voluntary, course credit, or paid).
Recent News and Activities
We received a Kellogg FuTURE Mini Grant for our project titled "Computational Microscope on a Smart Phone with Enhanced Resolution and Field of View." (February 2014)
Martin Sanchez, one of the physics majors in our group, was awarded Kellogg Undergraduate Scholarship (KUSP). for his project titled "Enhancing Sensitivity of tapered fiber sensors by geometry optimization." (February 2014)
We will present our studies of protein sensing with tapered fiber sensors at the SPIE-BIOS conference in San Francisco, CA on February 2, 2014. Martin Sanchez, one of the physics majors in our group, was awarded travel funding to present at the conference by the Office of Undergraduate Research. (February 2014)
Two members of our group, David Vega,a Physics major, and Miguel Reyes, a Chemical Engineering major, receive a SEES Research Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship was established to recognize outstanding students pursuing their degrees in the STEM fields and who have achieved positive academic records. (January 2014)
Visiting scholars Dr. Ekrem Almaz and Zuleyha Almaz completed their visit and returned to Mus Alparslan University in Turkey. We thank them for their contributions to the ongoing projects, and we are looking forward to further collaboration in the future. (January 2014)
We presented at the California State University Biotechnology Symposium in Santa Clara, CA. The symposium was held in January 2014, and Biotechnology majors Adrian Ortiz and Chris Borcuk presented with Dr. Salik. (January 2014)
Dr. Salik visits Ankara University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in Turkey. The visit was arranged by Dr. Isa Navruz and supported by TUBITAK Programme 2221. As part of the visit, Dr. Salik gave two seminars on fiber sensors and developed a collaboration plan. (August 2013)
Our proposal entitled "Rapid Detection of Foodborne Pathogen E.coli 0157:H7 with Tapered Fiber Optic Biosensors within Microfluidic Channels" submitted to the Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant (SIRG) was funded. Our collaborators are Dr. Shelton Murinda (Animal and Veterinary Science) and Dr. Wei-Jen Lin (Biological Sciences). Congratulations to all members who contributed! (June 2013)
Adrian Ortiz, a Biotechnology major in our group, receives the Kellogg Undergraduate Scholars Program (KUSP) scholarship for his project titled "Fiber Optic Biosensor for Protein Detection." (March 2013)
John Miller, one of our group members, is presenting at the Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference on Friday, March 1, 2013. His talk is entitled "Tapered Fiber Optic Biosensors for Detection of Proteins and Bacteria."
Prof. Salik is on sabbatical leave between September 20, 2012 and March 31, 2013. He is currently working with Prof. Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA on optofluidic biosensing using fluorescent labels.
We received Agricultural Research Institute grant to develop fiber optic biosensor for rapid detection of E. coli O157:H7 in food samples. (January 2012)
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