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M Taher A Saif

M Taher A Saif
M Taher A Saif
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor
(217) 333-8552
2101D Mechanical Engineering Lab
Professor
(217) 333-8552
168 Mechanical Engineering Bldg

Primary Research Area

  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D. Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell University 1993
  • M.S. Civil Eng. Washington State University 1987
  • B.S. Civil Eng. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (with Honors) 1984

Academic Positions

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany, June-Dec 2019
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, May 23 - June 22, 2011
  • Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, University of Illinois, January 2009-date
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, Aug. 15, 2005–date
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, Aug. 16, 2003-Aug. 15, 2005
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, May 26, 1997-Aug. 15, 2003
  • Research Associate, School of Electrical Engineering and National Nano-Fabrication Facility, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Aug. 1996-May 1997
  • Post Doctoral Associate, School of Electrical Engineering and National Nano-Fabrication Facility, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Aug. 1993-July 1996
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics and Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Aug. 1991-May 1993
  • Teaching Assistant Fellow, College of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Aug. 1991-May 1992
  • Teaching Assistant, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Aug. 1990-May 1991
  • Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Jan. 1988-Aug. 1990
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Aug. 1986-Dec. 1987
  • Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sept. 1984-Aug. 1986

Journal Editorships

  • Guest Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 2018
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2018-
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2013-17
  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Applied Mechanics (IJAM)
  • Guest Editor, Materials Research Society Bulletin on In Situ Mechanical Testing at the Micro-/Nanoscale, May 2010

Professional Societies

  • Member, Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • Member, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Member, Biophysical Society (BPS)
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Member, Technical Committee, 2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Megatronics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, September 4-7, 2007
  • Chair, Electronic Materials Committee of the ASME Materials Division, 2003-05
  • Vice Chair, Electronic Materials Committee of the ASME Materials Division, 2001-03
  • Member, Technical Committee, MEMS Subdivision, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Research Interests

  • Biohybrid robots, engineered living systems
  • Biomechanics: Cellular mechanics and mechanotransduction, cancer metastasis, neuro mechanics
  • Deformation mechanisms of nanoscale materials
  • Mechanics of Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

Research Statement

Professor Saif's research focuses on the mechanics of nanoscale materials and living cells. He uses both theory and experiment to explore (1) the effect of size on the mechanics of materials, and (2) the role of mechanical force in determining the functionality of cells and cell clusters.

Professor Saif demonstrated experimentally, for the first time, that plastic deformation in nanocrystalline metal films can be reversible. After plastic deformation, metals with grain sizes between 50 and 100 nanometers recover most of their plastic strain under macroscopically stress-free condition. This recovery is time dependent and thermally activated. Saif showed that the recovery originates from the small size and heterogeniety of microstructure of the metal specimens. The research, which was reported in Science, raises the possibility of manufacturing metal components that can heal themselves after being deformed or dented.

In the area of cellular mechanics, Professor Saif's projects involve neurons, cancer and cardiac cells, and interactions between cells in clusters. He seeks to address questions such as: What is the role of tension in neurons on memory and learning? Does mechanical microenvironment influence the onset of metastasis during cancer development? Can clusters of cells be guided so that they evolve into biological machines? He, together with Professor Akira Chiba of the the University of Maimi, showed that neurons are under mechanical tension, and that such tension might be essential for memory and learning.

Primary Research Area

  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Austin P. Passaro, Onur Aydin, M. Taher A. Saif, Steven L. Stice. Development of an objective index, neural activity score (NAS), reveals neural network ontogeny and treatment effects on microelectrode arrays. Scientific Reports, Scientific Reports volume 11, Article number: 9110 (2021)
  • Hangbo Zhao, Yongdeok Kim, Heling Wang, Xin Ning, Chenkai Xu, Judy Suh, Mengdi Han, Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz, Wei Lu, Haibo Li, Wubin Bai, Onur Aydin, Yoonseok Park, Jiaojiao Wang, Yao Yao, Yishan He, M. Taher A. Saif, Yonggang Huang, Rashid Bashir, John A. Rogers. Compliant 3D frameworks instrumented with strain sensors for characterization of millimeter-scale engineered muscle tissues. PNAS May 11, 2021 118 (19) e2100077118; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2100077118
  • Bashar Emon, Zhengwei Li, Md Saddam Hossain Joy, Umnia Doha, Farhad Kosari, M Taher A Saif. A novel method for sensor-based quantification of single/multi-cellular force dynamics and stiffening in 3D matrices. Science Advances, 7 (15) (2021) eabf2629. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abf2629.
  • M A Bashar Emon, Samantha Knoll, Umnia Doha, Lauren Ladehoff, Luke Lalonde, Danielle Baietto, Mayandi Sivaguru, Rohit Bhargava and M Taher A Saif. Dose-independent threshold illumination for non-invasive time-lapse fluorescence imaging of live cells. Extreme Mechanics Letters, 101249, 2021.
  • Zhengwei Li, Alireza Tofangchi, Robert A. Stavins, Emon Bashar, Ronald D. McKinney, Paul J. Grippo and M. Taher A. Saif. Elastic modulus pen (EPen): A portable device to measure stiffness of soft tissues in vivo. Scientific Reports, volume 11, Article number: 378 (2021)
  • Mikhail E. Kandel, Yuchen R. He, Young Jae Lee, Taylor Hsuan-Yu Chen, Kathryn Michele Sullivan, Onur Aydin, M. Taher A. Saif, Hyunjoon Kong, Nahil Sobh & Gabriel Popescu. Phase imaging with computational specificity (PICS) for measuring dry mass changes insub-cellular compartments. Nature Communications, (2020) 11:6256, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20062-x
  • Onur Aydin, Bashar Emon, Shyuan Cheng, Liu Hong, Leonardo P. Chamorro, and M. Taher A. Saif. Performance of Fabrics for Home-Made Masks Against the Spread of COVID-19 Through Droplets: A Quantitative Mechanistic Study. Extreme Mechanics Letters, Volume 40, October 2020, 100924
  • Mohamed Elhebeary, Tristan Harzer Gerhard Dehm and M. Taher A. Saif. Time-dependent plasticity in silicon microbeams mediated by dislocation nucleation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 21, 2020 117 (29) 16864-16871. First published: July 1, 2020, published online https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2002681117
  • Onur Aydin, Austin P. Passaro, Mohamed Elhebeary, Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz, Anthony Fan, Sittinon Nuethong, Rashid Bashir, Steven L. Stice and M. Taher A. Saif. 3D co-culture platform reveals functional outcomes of crosstalk between neural networks and muscles in early in vitro development. APL Bioengineering, 4 (1), 016107, 126. 2020. DOI: 10.1063/1.5134477.
  • Jesica Bauer, Md Abdul Bashar Emon, Jonas J Staudacher, Alexandra L Thomas, Jasmin Zessner-Spitzenberg Georgina Mancinelli, Nancy Krett, M Taher Saif and Barbara Jung. Increased stiffness of the tumor microenvironment in colon cancer stimulates cancer associated fibroblast-mediated prometastatic activin signaling. Scientific Reports 10, Article number: 50 (2020).
  • Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz, Karla P. Ramos-Cruz, Richard Sam, Mikhail E. Kandel, Onur Aydin, M. Taher A. Saif, Gabriel Popescu, and Rashid Bashir. Engineering geometrical 3-dimensional untethered in vitro neural tissue mimic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec 4, 2019, published online www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1916138116.
  • O. Aydin, X. Zhang, G. Pagan-Diaz, S. Nuethong, R. Bashir, M. Gazzola, T. Saif. (2019) Biohybrid motile bots with neuronal control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 1, 2019 116 (40) 19841-19847.
  • Zhang, Yao; Shi, Xuechen; Zhao, Tiankai; Huang, Changjin; Wei, Qiong; Tang, Xin; Santy, Lorraine; Saif, Taher; Zhang, Sulin. A Traction Force Threshold Signifies Metastatic Phenotypic Change in Multicellular Epithelia. Soft Matter (10.1039/c9sm00733d).
  • Anthony Fan, Saddam Hossain Joy and and Taher Saif. A connected cytoskeleton network generates axonal tension in embryonic Drosophila. Lab on a Chip 2019,19, 3133-3139.
  • William C. Ballance, Inkyu Oh, Yang Lai, Mohamed Elhebeary, Taher Saif, Yuhang Hu and Hyunjoon Kong. Vibration at structural resonance frequency of hydrophilic substrates enhances biofilm removal. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Volume 299, 15 November 2019, 126950 doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2019.126950
  • Mikhail E. Kandel, Wenlong Lu, Jon Liang, Onur Aydin, Taher A. Saif and Gabriel Popescu. Cell-to-cell influence on growth in large Populations. Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 10, No. 9 / 1 September 2019.
  • Mohamed Elhebeary, Md Abul Bashar Emon, Onur Aydin and M. Taher A. Saif. A novel technique for in situ uniaxial tests of self-assembled soft biomaterials. Lab Chip, 2019,19 (7), 1153-1161 https://doi.org/10.1039/C8LC01273C.
  • B. J. Williams and M. T. A. Saif. Phase dependent mechanosensitivity in cardiomyocytes. Journal of Experimental Mechanics. Experimental Mechanics, 59 (3), 387-393, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11340-019-00472-9
  • Andrew W Holle, Neethu Govindan Kutty Devi, Kim Clar, Anthony Fan, Taher Saif, Ralf Kemkemer, Joachim P Spatz. Cancer cells invade confined microchannels via a self-directed mesenchymal-to-amoeboid transition. Nano Letters, 19 (4), 2280-2290, 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04720.
  • Zhengwei Li, Yongbeom Seo, Onur Aydin, Mohamed Elhebeary, Roger D. Kamm, Hyunjoon Kong, and M. Taher A. Saif. A biohybrid valveless pump-bot powered by engineered skeletal muscle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA January 29, 2019 116 (5) 1543-1548.
  • Y Zhu, T Saif, FW DelRio. Recent Advances in Micro, Nano, and Cell Mechanics. Experimental Mechanics 59 (3), 277-278, 2019.
  • 113. Emon Bashar, Jessica Bauer, Yasna Jain, Barbara Jung and Taher Saif. Biophysics of Tumor Microenvironment and cancer metastasis - a mini review. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, 16 (2018) 279–287.
  • Mohamed Elhebeary, and M. Taher A. Saif. A novel mems stage for in-situ thermomechanical testing of single crystal silicon microbeams under bending. Extreme Mechanics Letter, Volume 23, September 2018, Pages 1-8.
  • Jan-Kai Chang, Emon Bashar, Chia-Shuo Li, Quansan Yang, Hui-Ping Chang, Zijian Yang, Chih-I Wu, Taher A. Saif, and John A. Rogers. Cytotoxicity and in vitro Degradation Kinetics of Foundry-Compatible Semiconductor Nanomembranes and Electronic Microcomponents. ACS Nano, Aug 13, 2018, DOI:10.1021/acsnano.8b04513.
  • Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz, Xiaotian Zhang, Lauren Grant, Yongdeok Kim, Onur Aydin, Caroline Cvetkovic, Eukyung Ko, Hyunjoon Kong, Taher Saif, Mattia Gazzola, Rashid Bashir. Simulation and fabrication of stronger, larger and faster walking biohybrid machines. Advanced Functional Materials, Vol 28, Issue 33, published online Aug 13, 2018, doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201801145.
  • Danielle Posey, Paris Blaisdell-Pijuan, Samantha K. Knoll, Taher A. Saif, and Wylie W. Ahmed. Small-scale displacement fluctuations of vesicles in fibroblasts. Scientific Reports 2018, 10.1038/s41598-018-31656-3.
  • Roger D. Kamm, Rashid Bashir, Natasha Arora, Roy D. Dar, Linda G. Griffith, Melissa L. Kemp3, Kathy Kinlaw, Michael Levin, Adam C. Martin, Todd C. McDevitt, Robert M. Nerem, Mark Powers, Taher A. Saif, Shuichi Takayama, Shoji Takeuchi, Ron Weiss, Kaiming Ye, Hannah G. Yevick, Muhammad Zaman. The Promise of Multi-cellular Engineered Living Systems. APL Bioengineering (In press, 2018)
  • Fan A, Tofangchi A, De Venecia M, Saif MT. A simple microfluidic platform for partial treatment of insuspendable tissue samples with orientation control. Lab Chip, 2018,18, 735-742. DOI:10.1039/C7LC00984D
  • Holle AW, Young JL, Van Vliet KJ, Kamm RD, Discher DE, Janmey PA, Spatz JP, Saif MT. Cell-ECM mechanobiology- forceful tools and emerging needs for basic and translational research. 2018, Jan 10;18(1):1-8. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04982. Epub 2017 Dec 6.
  • Fan A, Tofangchi A, Kandel M, Popescu G, Saif T. Coupled circumferential and axial tension driven by actin and myosin influences in vivo axon diameter. Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 27;7(1):14188. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13830-1. PMID:29079766, PMCID:PMC5660205.
  • Elhebeary, M. and M. T. A. Saif, “Lessons learned from nanoscale specimens tested by MEMS based apparatus,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, (2017) Volume 50, Number 24, 50, 243001, DOI:10.1088/1361-6463/aa6e2b
  • Elhebeary, M. and M. T. A. Saif, "Design, Simulation, and Testing of a Novel Bending Stage for Mechanical Characterization of Materials,” Experimental Mechanics, 2017;57:89. doi:10.1007/s11340-016-0195-5.
  • Lee, J., A. A. Abdeen, X. Tang, T. A. Saif, and K. A. Kilian, "Matrix directed adipogenesis and neurogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells derived from adipose tissue and bone marrow," Acta Biomaterialia, 2016, 42, 46-55.
  • Tofangchi, A. A.*, A. Fan* and M. T. A. Saif, "Mechanism of Axonal Contractility in Embryonic Drosophila Motor Neurons In Vivo," Biophys J. 2016 Oct 4;111(7):1519-1527. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2016.08.024. [Cover article] [Cover image] [Biophysics Society blog].
  • Knoll, S. and M. T. A. Saif, "Light induced localized and abrupt force relaxations in fibroblasts on soft substrates," Extreme Mechanics Letters (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eml.2016.03.009 (2016).
  • Anand, S. V. and M. Taher A. Saif, "Emergent dynamics of cardiomyocyte clusters on deformable polymeric substrates," Extreme Mechanics Letters, doi:10.1016/j.eml.2015.09.008 (2015).
  • Sivaguru, M., G. Fried, B. S. Sivaguru, V. A. Sivaguru, X. Lu, K. H. Choi, M. T. A. Saif, B. Lin, and S. Sadayappan, "Cardiac muscle organization revealed in 3-D by imaging whole-mount mouse hearts using two-photon fluorescence and confocal microscopy," BioTechniques, Vol. 59, No. 5, November 2015, pp. 295–308.
  • Lee, J., A. A. Abdeen, X. Tang, T. A. Saif, and K. A. Kilian, "Geometric guidance of integrin mediated traction stress during stem cell differentiation," Biomaterials, Volume 69, November 2015, Pages 174–183.
  • Fan, A., K. Stebbings, D. Llano, and T. Saif, "Stretch Induced Hyperexcitibility of Mice Callosal Pathway," Front Cell Neurosci. 2015 Aug 5;9:292. doi:10.3389/fncel.2015.00292. eCollection 2015, PMID:26300729.
  • Elhebeary, M. and M Taher A Saif, "A Micromechanical Bending Stage for Studying Mechanical Properties of Materials Using Nanoindenter," J. Appl. Mech 82(12), 121004 (2015) doi: 10.1115/1.4031334.
  • Knoll, S., W. Ahmed, and T. Saif, "Contractile dynamics change before morphological cues during fluorescence illumination," Nature’s Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 18513 (2015). doi:10.1038/srep18513.
  • Slater, B. J. , A. Y. Fan, K. A. Stebbings, M. T. A. Saif, and D. A. Llano, "Modification of a Colliculo-thalamocortical Mouse Brain Slice," Incorporating 3-D printing of Chamber Components and Multi-scale Optical Imaging. Journal of Visualized Experiments (103), e53067, doi:10.3791/53067 (2015).
  • Anand, S., M. Y. Ali, and M. T. A. Saif, "Cell culture on microfabricated one-dimensional polymeric structures for bio-actuator and bio-bot applications," Lab Chip, 2015, Advance Article, published online 17 Feb 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C4LC01471E.
  • Ali, M. Y., S. V. Anand, K. Tangella, D. Ramkumar, and M. T. A. Saif, "Isolation of Primary Human Colon Tumor Cells from Surgical Tissues and Culturing them Directly on Soft Elastic Substrates for Traction Cytometry," Journal of Visualized Experiments, J Vis Exp. 2015 Jun 4;(100):e52532. doi: 10.3791/52532.
  • Ali, M.Y., C.Y. Chuang, and M.T.A. Saif, "Reprogramming cellular phenotype by soft collagen gels," Soft Matter. 2014 Nov 28;10(44):8829-37. doi: 10.1039/c4sm01602e.
  • Cvetkovic, C., R. Raman, V. Chan, B.J. Williams, M. Tolish, P. Bajaj, M.S. Sakar, H. Harry Asada, M. Taher A. Saif, and R. Bashir, "Three-dimensionally printed biological machines powered by skeletal muscle," PNAS Early Edition, July 2014, doi/10.1073/pnas.1401577111.
  • Knoll, S., M. Y. Ali, and T.Saif, "A Novel Method for Localizing Reporter Fluorescent Beads Near the Cell Culture Surface for Traction Force Microscopy," Journal of Visualized Experiments, Date Published: 9/16/2014, Issue 91; doi: 10.3791/51873.
  • Williams, B.J., S.V. Anand, J.R., and M.T.A. Saif, "A self-propelled biohybrid swimmer at low Reynolds number," Nature Communications, 5, Article number 3081, Jan 17, 2014, doi:10.1038/ncomms4081.
  • Tang, X., T.B. Kuhlenschmidt, Q. Li, S. Ali, S. Lezmi, H. Chen, T.A. Saif, M.S. Kuhlenschmidt, "A Mechanically-Induced Colon Cancer Cell Population Shows Increased Metastatic Potential," Molecular Cancer 2014 (May 29), 13:131, doi:10.1186/1476-4598-13-131.
  • Tang, X., A. Tofangchi, S.V. Anand, and T. A. Saif, "A Novel Cell Traction Force Microscopy to Study Multi-cellular System," Plos Computational Biology, 10(6), e1003631, June 5, 2014, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003631.
  • Ahmed, W. and T.A. Saif, "Active transport of vesicles in neurons is modulated by mechanical tension," Scientific Reports 4, Article number: 4481 doi:10.1038/srep04481, 27 March 2014.
  • Ali, M.Y. and M.T.A. Saif, "Substrate Stiffness Mediated Metastasis Like Phenotype of Colon Cancer Cells is Independent of Cell to Gel Adhesion," Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (15 July, 2014) DOI: 10.1007/s12195-014-0345-8.
  • Xin T. and T.A. Saif, "Remarkable Surface Adhesion Change of Colon Cancer Cells throughout in vitro Metastasis," International Journal of Applied Mechanics, 5(3), 1350025, 2013, DOI: 10.1142/S1758825113500257.
  • Cha, C., E. Antoniadou, M.Lee, J.H. Jeong, W.W. Ahmed, T.A. Saif, S.A. Boppart, and H. Kong, "Tailoring Hydrogel Adhesion to Polydimethylsiloxane Substrates Using Polysaccharide Glue," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Volume 52, Issue 27, pages 6949–6952, July 1, 2013.
  • Rajagopalan, J. and M. T. A. Saif, "Fabrication of freestanding 1D PDMS microstructures using capillary micromolding," J MEMS, 22(5), 992-994, 2013, DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2013.2262605.
  • Ahmed W., B. Williams, A. Silver, and T. A. Saif, ”Measuring the non-equilibrium vesicle dynamics in neurons under tension,” Lab on a Chip, 2013 (DOI:10.1039/C2LC41109A).
  • Kang W. and T. Saif, "Size and Temperature Effect on Brittle-to-Ductile Transition in Single Crystal Silicon," Advanced Functional Material, 23(6), 713-719, 2013.
  • Chan, V., K. Park, M. Collens, H.J. Kong, T. Saif, and R. Bashir, "Development of miniaturized walking biological machines," Scientific Reports, 2(857), Nov 15, 2012, doi:10.1038/srep00857.
  • Tang, X., Q. Wen, T. B. Kuhlenschmidt, K.S. Kuhlenschmidt, P.A. Janmey, and T. A. Saif,"Attenuation of Colon Cancer Cells Mechanosensitivity throughout in vitro Metastasis," Plos ONE, 7(11): e50443, 2012.
  • Wonmo Kang and M Taher A Saif, "In Situ Study of Size and Temperature Dependent Brittle-to-Ductile Transition in Single Crystal Silicon," Advanced Functional Materials (in press).
  • Emerson de Souza, W. Ahmed, V. Chan, R. Bashir, T. A. Saif. "Cardiac myocytes' dynamic behavior differs depending on heart segment" Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Sept 5, 2012, doi: 10.1002/bit.24725.
  • Tang, X., M. Y. Ali, and M. T. A. Saif, "A Novel Technique for Micro-patterning Proteins and Cells on Polyacrylamide Gels," Soft Matter, 8(27), pp. 7197-7206, 2012.
  • Chan, V., J. H. Jeong, P. Bajaj, M. Collens, T. Saif, H. Kong, and R. Bashir, "Multi-Material Bio-Fabrication of Hydrogel Cantilevers and Actuators with Stereolithography," Lab on a Chip, 12(1):88-98, 2012.
  • Ahmed, W. W., T. C. Li, S. S. Rubakhin, A. Chiba, J. V. Sweedler, and T. A. Saif, "Mechanical Tension Modulates Local and Global Vesicle Dynamics in Neurons," Journal of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Vol 5(2), pp 155-164, 2012 (invited article).
  • Rajagopalan, J. and M. Taher A. Saif, "Influence of Microstructural Heterogeneity on the Deformation Behavior of Nanocrystalline Metals," Journal of Materials Research, 26, 2826-2832 2011.
  • Kang, W. and M. T. A. Saif, "A Novel SiC MEMS Apparatus for In Situ Uniaxial Testing of Micro/Nanomaterials at High Temperature," Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 21 105017, 2011.
  • Kang, W. and M. T. A. Saif, "In Situ Thermo-Mechanical Testing for Micro/Nanomaterials," MRS Communications, 1(1), 13-16, 2011, (IOP Select Paper).
  • Nishitani, W., T. Saif, and Y. Wang, "Calcium Signaling in Live Cells on Elastic Gels under Mechanical Vibration at Subcellular Levels," PLoS ONE 6(10): e26181, 2011.
  • Cha, C., J. H. Jeong, X. Tang, A. T. Zill, Y. S. Prakash, S. C. Zimmerman, T. A. Saif, and H. Kong, "Top-down Synthesis of Versatile Polyaspartamide Linkers for Single-step Protein Conjugation to Materials," Bioconjugate Chemistry, 22 (12), pp 2377–2382, 2011.
  • Rajagopalan, J. and M. T. A. Saif, "MEMS Sensors and Microsystems for Cell Mechanobiology,"Invited article in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 2011, 21 054002 doi, special focus issue on MEMS for Biology and Medicine.
  • Tang, X., P. Bajaj, R. Bashir, and M. T. A. Saif, "How Far Cardiac Cells Can See Each Other Mechanically," Soft Matter (Cover article), 7, 6151-6158, 2011.
  • Kang, W., J. Rajagopalan, and M. T. A. Saif, "In Situ Uniaxial Mechanical Testing of Small Scale Materials - a Review," Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letter, 2(4), 282-287, 2010 (invited article).
  • Bajaj, P., X. Tang, M. T. A. Saif, and R. Bashir, "Stiffness of the Substrate Influences the Phenotype of Embryonic Chicken Cardiac Myocytes," Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, Volume 95A, Issue 4, pages 1261-1269, 15 December 2010.
  • Rajagopalan, J., A. Tofangchi, and M. T. A. Saif, "Linear, High Resolution BioMEMS Force Sensors with Large Measurement Range," Journal of MicroElectroMechanicalSystems, Vol 19(6), pp1380-1389, Nov 2010.
  • Kang, W., J. H. Han, and M T.A. Saif, "A Novel Method for In Situ Uniaxial Tests at Micro/Nano Scale–Part II: Experiment," Journal of MicroElectroMechanicalSystems, Vol 19(6), pp1322-1330, Nov 2010.
  • Kang, W. and M.T.A. Saif, "A Novel Method for In Situ Uniaxial Tests at Micro/Nano Scale–Part I: Theory," Journal of MicroElectroMechanicalSystems, Vol 19(6), pp1309-1321, Nov 2010.
  • Rajagopalan, J., A. Tofangchi, and M. T. A. Saif, "Drosophila Neurons Actively Regulate Tension in their Axons in Vivo," Biophysical Journal, 99(10) pp. 3208 – 3215, 17 November 2010.
  • Tang, X., T. B. Kuhlenschmidt, M. S. Kuhlenschmidt, and M. T. A. Saif, "Mechanical Force Affects Expression of an In vitro Metastasis-like Phenotype in HCT-8 cells," Biophysical Journal, Volume 99, Issue 8, 2460-2469, 20 October 2010. (Cover article)
  • Rajagopalana, J., C. Rentenbergerb, H. P. Karnthalerb, G. Dehmc, and M. T. A. Saif, "In situ TEM Study of Microplasticity and Bauschinger Effect in Nanocrystalline Metals," Acta Materialia, Volume 58, Issue 14, Pages 4772-4782, August 2010.
  • Eberl, C. and T. Saif, "In Situ Mechanical Testing of Biological and Inorganic Materials at the Micro- and Nanoscales," MRS Bulletin, Volume 35, No. 5, May 2010.
  • Ahmed, W. W., M. H. Kural, and T. Saif, "A Novel Platform for in situ Investigation of Cells and Tissues under Mechanical Strain," Acta Biomaterialia, 6(8):2979-90, August 2010. Epub 2010 Feb 25.
  • Ahmed, W., T. Wolfram, A. Goldyn, K. Bruellhoff, B. Aragues Rioja, M. Moller, J.P. Spatz, M. T. A. Saif, J. Groll, and R. Kemkemer, "Myoblast Morphology and Organization on Biochemically Micro-patterned Hydrogel Coatings under Cyclic Mechanical Strain," Biomaterials 31: 250-8, 2010.
  • Siechen, S., S. Yang, A. Chiba, and T. Saif, "Mechanical Tension Contributes to Clustering of Neurotransmitter Vesicles at Presynaptic Terminals," Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 106:31, 12611-12616, August 4, 2009.
  • Rajagopalan, J., J. H. Han, and M. T. A. Saif, “Bauschinger Effect in Unpassivated Freestanding Nanoscale Metal Films,” Scripta Materialia, 59, 734-737, 2008.
  • Rajagopalan, J., J. H. Han, and M. T. A. Saif, “On Plastic Strain Recovery in Freestanding Nanocrystalline Metal Thin Films,” Scripta Materialia, 59, 921-926, 2008. Invited Article.
  • Yang, S., and M. T. A. Saif, “Microfabricated Force Sensors and Their Applications in the Study of Cell Mechanical Response,” Experimental Mechanics, 49:1, 135-151, 2008. Invited Article.
  • Rajagopalan, J., J. H. Han, and M. T. A. Saif, “Bauschinger Effect in Unpassivated Freestanding Nanoscale Metal Films,” Scripta Materialia, 59:7, 734-737, 2008.
  • Yang, Shengyuan, and M. T. A. Saif, “Force Response and Action Remodeling (Agglomeration) in Fibroblasts Due to Lateral Indentation,” Acta Biomaterialia, 3:1, 77-78, 2007.
  • Yang, S. and M. T. A. Saif, “MEMS Based Force Sensors for the Study of Indentation Response of Single Living Cells,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 135:1, 16-22, 2007.
  • Rajagopalan, J. and M. T. A. Saif, “A Single Degree of Freedom Model for Thermoelastic Damping,” Journal of Applied Mechanics (ASME Transactions), 74:3, 461-468, May 2007.
  • Rajagopalan, J. and M. T. A. Saif, “Single Degree of Freedom Model for Thermoelasticity,” Journal of Applied Mechanics-Transactions of the ASME,” 74:3, 461-468, May 2007.
  • ! Rajagopalan, J., J. Han, and M. T. A. Saif, “Plastic Deformation Recovery in Freestanding Nanocrystalline Aluminum and Gold Thin Films,” Science, 315, 1831-1834, March 2007.
  • Mani, S. and T. Saif, “Stress Development in PECVD Silicon Dioxide Thin-Films Due to Hydrogen Evolution,” This Solid Films, 515:5, 3120-3125, 2007.
  • Han, J. H., and M. T. A. Saif, “In-situ Microtensile Stage for Electromechanical Characterization of Nanoscale Freestanding Films,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 77:4, 45102-1-8, April 2006.
  • Mani, Sathya, Taher Saif, and Jong H. Han, “Effect of Annealing on the Conductivity of Electroless Deposited Ni Nanowires and Films,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 5:2, 138-141, March 2006.
  • Meinhart, M., N. R. Miller, and M. T. A. Saif, “Dry Stiction of Micro Structures – Theory and Experiment,” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series A, 462, 567-585, 2006.
  • Mani, S., M. T. A. Saif, and J. Han, “Effect of Annealing on the Conductivity of Ni Nanowires and Films,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 5:2, 138-141, 2006.
  • Mani, S. and T. M. A. Saif, “Mechanism of Controlled Crack Formation in Thin-Film Dielectrics,” Applied Physics Letters, 86, 201903, 2005 (available online).
  • Hattar, K., J. Han, M. T. A. Saif, and I. M. Robertson, “In-situ TEM Observation of Toughening Mechanism in Ultra-Fine Grained Columnar Aluminum Thin Films,” Journal of Materials Research (In-situ Focus Issue), 20:7, 1869-1877, 2005.
  • Yang, S. and T. Saif, “Micromachined Force Sensors for the Study of Cell Mechanics,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 76, 044301, 2005. Also selected for publication in the April 1, 2005 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
  • Yang, S. and T. Saif, “Reversible and Repeatable Linear Local Cell Force Response Under Large Stretches,” Experimental Cell Research, 305, 42-50, 2005.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “In-situ Tensile Testing of Nanoscale Freestanding Thin Films Inside a Transmission Electron Microscope,” Journal of Materials Research (In-situ Focus Issue), 20:7, 1769-1777, July 2005.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Nano-Scale Freestanding Aluminum Films,” Thin Solid Films, 484, 364-368, 2005.
  • Bauer, J. M., T. A. Saif, and D. J. Beebe, “Liquid Phase Construction of Microstructures,” Journal of MEMS, 13:4, 553-558, August 2004.
  • Haque, A. and T. Saif, “Micro Instrumentation for Studying Mechanical Properties of Free Standing Films,”JOM, 56:11, 308, November 2004.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Deformation Mechanisms in Free-standing Nano-scale Thin Films: A Quantitative In-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Study,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 101:17, 6335-6340, April 2004.
  • Bauer, J. M., T. A. Saif, and D. J. Beebe, “Surface Tension Driven Formation of Microstructures,” Journal MEMS, 13:4, 553-558, August 2004.
  • Saif, T., “Scaling the Depth,” Mechanical Engineering, 126:4, 2004 (invited article).
  • Alaca, B. E., H. Sehitoglu, and T. Saif, “Guided Self-Assembly of Metallic Nanowires and Channels,” Applied Physics Letters, 84:23, 4669-4671, June 2004.
  • Sulfridge, M., T. Saif, N. Miller, and M. Meinhart, “Nonlinear Dynamic Study of a Bistable MEMS: Model and Experiment,” J. MEMS, 13:5, 725-731, October 2004.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Strain Gradient Effect in Nanoscale Thin Films,” Acta Materialia, 51, 3053-3061, 2003.
  • Saif, M. T. A., C. R. Sager, and S. Coyer, “Functionalized Biomicroelectromechanical Systems Sensor for Force Response Study at Local Adhesion Sites of Single Living Cells on a Substrate,” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 31:8, 950-961, 2003.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “A Review of MEMS-Based Microscale and Nanoscale Tensile and Bending Testing,” Special Issue of Experimental Mechanics, 43:3, 248-255, September 2003.
  • Saif, T. and A. Haque, “Mechanical Behavior of Nano Scale Thin Films Using MEMS Sensors,” International Journal of Computational Engineering Sciences, 4:2, 169-173, June 2003.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Mechanical Behavior of 30-50 nm Thick Aluminum Films Under Uniaxial Tension,” Scripta Materialia, 47, 863-867, 2002.
  • Alaca, B. E., J. C. Selby, M. T. A. Saif, and H. Sehitoglu, “Biaxial Testing of Nanoscale Films on Compliant Substrates: Fatigue and Fracture,” Reviews of Scientific Instruments, 73, 2963-70, 2002.
  • Saif, T. A., “On the Capillary Interaction Between Solid Plates Forming Menisci on the Surface of a Liquid,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 473, 321-347, 2002.
  • Saif, M. T. A., S. Zhang, M. A. Haque, and K. J. Hsia, “Effect of Native Oxide on the Elastic Response of Nanoscale AL Films,” Acta Materialia, 50:11, 2779-2786, 2002.
  • Sulfridge, M., T. Saif, N. Miller, and K. O‘Hara, “Optical Actuation of a Bistable MEMS,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 11:5, 574-583, October 2002.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Application of MEMS Force Sensors for In-Situ Mechanical Characterization of Nano-Scale Thin Films in SEM and TEM,” Sensors and Actuators A, 97-98, 239-245, 2002.
  • Xue, Z., M. T. A. Saif, and Y. Huang, “The Strain Gradient Effect in Micro-Electromechanical-Systems (MEMS),” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 11:1, 27-35, 2002.
  • Alaca B. E., M. T. A. Saif, and H. Sehitoglu, “On the Interface Debond at the Edge of a Thin Film on a Thick Substrate,” Acta Materialia, 50, 1197-1209, 2002.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “In-situ Tensile Testing of Nano-scale Specimens in SEM and TEM,” Journal of The Society for Experimental Mechanics, 42:1, 123-128, 2002.
  • Haque, M. A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Microscale Materials Testing Using MEMS Actuators,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 10:1, 146-152, 2001.
  • Saif, M. T. A., “On a Tunable Bistable MEMS-Theory and Experiment,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 9:2, 157-170, June 2000.
  • Saif, M. T. A., B. E. Alaca, and H. Sehitoglu, “Analytical Modeling of Electrostatic Membrane Actuator for Micro Pumps,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 8:3, 335-345, September 1999.
  • Saif, M. T. A. and N. C. MacDonald, “Microinstruments for Submicron Material Studies,” Journal of Materials Research, 13:12, 3353-3356, December 1998.
  • Saif, M. T. A. and N. C. MacDonald, “Measurement of Forces and Spring Constants of Microinstruments,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 69:3, 1410-1422, March 1998.
  • MacDonald, N. C., S. G. Adams, A. A. Ayon, K. F. Bohringer, L.-Y. Chen, J. H. Das, D. Haronian, W. Hofmann, X. T. Huang, A. Jazairy, R. E. Mihailovich, S. A. Miller, I. Ogo, R. Prasad, B. W. Reed, M. T. A. Saif, K. A. Shaw, R. Y. Webb, and Y. Xu, “Micromachined Microdevices and Microinstruments,” Microelectronic Engineering, 30, 563-564, 1996.
  • Saif, M. T. A. and N. C. MacDonald, “Planarity of Large MEMS,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 5:2, 79-97, June 1996.
  • Saif, M. T. A. and N. C. MacDonald, “A Millinewton Microloading Device,” Sensors and Actuators A, 52, 65-75, May 1996.
  • Saif, M. Taher A. and C.-Y. Hui, “Plane Strain Asymptotic Fields of a Crack Growing along an Elastic-Elastic Power-law Creeping Bi-Material Interface,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 42:2, 181-214, February 1994.
  • Hui, C.-Y. and M. T. A. Saif, “Asymptotic Stress Field of a Mode III Crack Growing Along an Elastic/Elastic Power-Law Creeping Bimaterial Interface,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 61, 384-389, June 1994.
  • Saif, M. T. A., C. Y. Hui, and A. T. Zehnder, “Interface Shear Stresses Induced by Non-uniform Heating of a Film on a Substrate,” Thin Solid Films, 224:2, 159-167, March 1993.
  • Saif, M. T. A. and C-Y. Hui, “Near Tip Fields for a Stationary Mode III Crack Between a Linear Elastic and an Elastic Power Law Hardening Material,” International Journal of Fracture, 64:1, 1-26, November 1993.
  • Glaucio, P. H., M. T. A. Saif, and S. Mukherjee, “A Finite Elastic Body with a Curved Crack Loaded in Anti-Plane Shear,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 30:8, 1015-1037, 1993.
  • Grigoriu, M., M. T. A. Saif, S. El Borgi, and A. R. Ingraffea, “Mixed Mode Fracture Initiation and Trajectory Prediction Under Random Stresses,” International Journal of Fracture, 45, 19-34, September 1990.
  • Grigoriu, M. and M. T. A. Saif, “Fatigue Analysis of Cracked Anisotropic Plates Subject to Stochastic Loads,” Computers and Structures, 37:2, 169-173, 1990.

Invited Lectures

  • Biohybrid robotics – opportunities and challenges. NSF Workshop on Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems, June 1-3 (virtual), organized by MIT.
  • Invited lecture at the 2021 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (virtual), “Low-temperature time-dependent ductility in single crystal silicon at micro scale”, Apr 20, 2021.
  • Miniature neuro-machinery with large potentials. Miniature Brain Machinery lecture, UIUC, Oct 21, 2020.
  • Emergent living robotics. Plenary lecture, Society of Engineering Science Meeting 2020, Engineering Science Medal Symposium, Oct 1, 2020 (zoom).
  • Emergent Living Robotics. Departmental seminar (via zoom), Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Sept 23, 2020.
  • Emergent Living Robotics. Departmental seminar (via zoom), Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Sept 8, 2020.
  • Living robotics. EML (Extreme Mechanics Letters) Webinar series, Organized by Prof Zhigang Suo, Harvard University. Aug 5, 2020 (zoom).
  • 3D in vitro neuro muscular platform offers design guides for intelligent biohybrid robots. International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), July 19-23, 2020, Toronto, Canada (cancelled due to COVID).
  • COVID 19: can home-made masks help? Science for Humanity Series, UC Merced, May 28, 2020 (zoom).
  • COVID 19: can home-made masks help? Edward M Kennedy Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 11, 2020 (by zoom).
  • An in vitro 3D Neuro Muscular Platform Reveals Cross talk between Neural Networks and Muscles. Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, 15-19 Feb, 2020, San Diego, California.
  • Emergent living machines. Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, Dec 10, 2019.
  • Emergent living machines. IBEC (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia) Lecture, Nov 22, 2019.
  • Keynote lecture: Force pathway to synaptic clustering at the neuro-muscular junctions of embryonic flies. NanoBio&Med2019 International Conference, Barcelona, Spain, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, Nov 19-21, 2019.
  • Emergent living machines. Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, Nov 5, 2019
  • Force pathway to synaptic clustering at the neuro-muscular junctions of embryonic flies. Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany, Nov 4, 2019
  • Emergent living machines. 2019 CCBM Workshop on Emerging Themes in Cellular and Biomolecular Machines, November 8-9, 2019, University of California, Merced and Yosemite National Park/Yosemite Valley Lodge.
  • Emergent living machines. Mechanical Engineering, EPFL, Lausane, Switzerland, Oct 31, 2019.
  • Living machines. Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Oct 27, 2019.
  • Living Machines. Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Texas A&M University, October 16, 2019
  • Tensional pathway to neuronal function. Keynote lecture, Annual Conference of the Society of Engineering Science, St Louis, Oct 13-15, 2019.
  • Engineered living machines. MIT-Tsinghua International Workshop on "Engineering and Manufacture of Living Systems. Oct 9-11, Wenjin Hotel, Bejing, 2019.
  • Emergent living machines. Distinguished lecture, School of Aerospace and Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Oct 9, 2019.
  • Living Micromachines. Keynote lecture at the 2nd World Summit on Advances in Science, Engineering and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University, October 3-4, 2019, Indianapolis.
  • Lessons learned from nano scale specimens tested by MEMS based apparatus. Max Planck Institute, Dusseldorf, Sept 25, 2019.
  • Force pathway to synaptic clustering at the neuro-muscular junctions of embryonic flies. ETH Zurich, Sept 13, 2019.
  • Neuronal tension – a new paradigm for understanding memory and learning. Biophysics seminar, University of Saarland, Saarbrucken, Germany, Sept 2, 2019.
  • Neuro-muscular junction: an active bio-interface. Gordon Research Conference on Nano-Mechanical Interfaces, Aug 11-16, 2019, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (meeting cancelled due to civil unrest during August 2019).
  • Emergence of hierarchy and functions from cell clusters in vitro. Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, April 22-26, 2019, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Emergent living machines. Plenary lecture, International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (ICECE 2018), Bangladesh, Dec 22, 2018.
  • Biophysics of cancer tumor. Head, Neck and Throat Cancer workshop, Dec 21, 2018, Sonargoan Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Science and engineering research in US – role of Universities, Government, National labs. National Science and Technology Building, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dec 20, 2018, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Science and engineering research in US – role of Universities, Government, National labs. Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and University of Asia Pacific, Dec 19, 2018, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Living machines. Applied Mechanics Koiter Lecture, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov 9-15, 2018, Pittsburg, PA.
  • Neuron under tension. Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Nov 6, 2018.
  • Neuronal tension mediates neuro-transmitter vesicle clustering at the presynaptic terminal of in vivo neurons. Keynote lecture, Society of Engineering Science, October 10-12, 2018, Madrid, Spain.
  • Living Micromachines. Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Saarbrucken, Germany, July 6, 2018.
  • Living Micromachines. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, May 24, 2018.
  • Living soft matter. Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, April 2-6, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • A few lessons learned from small scale specimens tested by MEMS based apparatus. Departmental Seminar, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, March 23, 2018, South Korea.
  • Contractile force in neurons mediate neurotransmitter accumulation at the synapse. 177th XiHu Forum: Advances in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, March 16-18, 2018, Dept of Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
  • Living machines. Midwest SEM (Society of Engineering Mechanics) student conference, Purdue University, March 10, 2018.
  • Onur Aydin and MTA Saif, Phase transition in living biomaterials. Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues. Waikoloa, Hawaii, Dec 10-14, 2017.
  • Living Micromachines, Northwestern University, Dec 7, 2017.
  • Living Micromachines. Mechanical Engineering, Washington University, St Louis, Nov 30, 2017.
  • Living machines. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Nov. 22, 2017
  • Living machines. North-South University, Nov. 21, 2017
  • Living soft materials. ASME IMECE, Tampa, FL, Nov 4-9, 2017
  • Biohybrid active soft matter for engineered living systems. University of Florida Soft Matter Symposium, Oct 17-19, 2017.
  • Living Micromachines, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Sept 26, 2017.
  • Living Micromachines, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou Campus, China, Sept 18, 2017.
  • The role of forces on neuro muscular junction- a unique interface between neuron and muscle tissue. Society of Engineering Science 2017 Technical Meeting & ASME-AMD Joint Conference, 7/25/2017 - 7/28/2017, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Emergent biological machines from self-assembled tissues undergoing phase transitions. 2017 MRS Spring Meeting (NM10), Phoenix, Arizona, April 17-21, 2017.
  • "Engineered Living Micro Swimmers," AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, Feb 16-20, 2017.
  • 213. Intelligent biomaterials and machines: a new paradigm. Seventh Persh Workshop on The Interface Between Materials and Biology, Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, Virginia, 7 – 9 February, 2017.
  • "Living micromachines," (Keynote talk). AVS 63rd International Symposium and Exhibition, Music City Center, Nov 6-11, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • "Mechanical tension a universal mechanism for matrix remodeling by cells," (A. Saif, M.T.A., K. H. Choi, O. Aydin), Society of Engineering Science 53rd Annual Technical Meeting, Oct 2-5, 2016, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • "Relaxing cells by light," (Knoll,S. and M. T. A. Saif) Society of Engineering Science 53rd Annual Technical Meeting, Oct 2-5, 2016, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • "Engineered living machines," Ringberg Workshop: Biomedical Micro/Nanosystems Engineering, Max Planck Schloss Ringberg, September 25 - 28, 2016.
  • "Keynote lecture: Soft neurons actively maintain strong tension for synaptic functions," ICTAM 2016, Montreal, Canada, Aug 21-25, 2016.
  • "Engineered living machine," American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects Biennial Convention, COBO Center, Detroit, Michigan, Aug 20, 2016.
  • "Neuronal tension – a new paradigm for understanding memory and learning," Heraeus Seminar on Neuronal Mechanics, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany, August 17 to 19, 2016.
  • "Plenary lecture: Size dependence of poly and single crystalline materials – a mechanistic view," 2nd Midwest Workshop on Mechanics of Materials and Structures, McCormic School of Engineering, Northwestern University, August 15, 2016.
  • "Autonomous biohybrid swimmer," EBICS Workshop on Engineering Living Systems, Q Center, Illinois, August 3-4, 2016.
  • "Plenary lecture: From synchrony to swimming using cardiomyocytes – physiological relevance to living machines," June 15-17, 2016, IMDEA Materials Institute, Getafe, Madrid, Spain.
  • "Emergent functions in cell clusters – examples from biological machines to tumor microenvironment," KIST-UIUC-EBICS Global Research Symposium on Human-mimetic Bio Systems and Devices. May 11, 2016.
  • "Engineered living flagellum," Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 26, 2016.
  • "Neuronal tension – a new paradigm for understanding memory and learning," Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 26, 2016.
  • "From synchrony to swimming – an engineered living machine," Johns Hopkins University, Mechanical Eng Dept Seminar. Apr 21, 2016.
  • "Neuronal tension – a new paradigm for understanding memory and learning," Invited talk, March 31, 2016 Materials Research Society Meeting and Exhibit, Phoenix, AZ, March 28-Apr 1, 2016.
  • "Emerging transformation in Engineering Science and Education," Plenary talk, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 9, 2016. (Trip cancelled due to family emergency)
  • "Memory under tension," (Keynote talk) NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology Conference, Houston, Texas, February 21 - 24, 2016.
  • "Nanotechnology in health and disease," Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dec. 27, 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • "Living engineered materials and systems – a new paradigm for manufacturing," Keynote talk at the 1st IUT International Conference on Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (ICMME 2015), 25 – 27 December, 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • "Lessons learned from nano scale specimens tested by MEMS based apparatus," Invited talk at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, November 29-December 4, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts.
  • "Small size may offer both strength and ductility to material samples – even if they are macroscopically brittle," Keynote lecture, 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Houston, TX, Nov 13-19, 2015.
  • "From synchrony to swimming through long range cell-cell interactions – an example of engineered life," Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Purdue University, Nov 12, 2015.
  • "Mechanics and Mechanobiology," 2015 BioNanotechnology Summer Institute- Cancer nanotechnology and Cell Mechanics, July 27-Aug 7, 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • "Neuromechanics," GEM4 workshop, Carnegie Mellon University, June 25,2015.
  • "Brittle to Ductile Transition in Single Crystal Silicon at Sub-Micro Meter Scale," 2015 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, April 6-10, 2015 San Francisco, California (invited talk).
  • “From synchrony to swimming through long range cell-cell interactions,” Distinguished seminar series, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, March 13, 2015.
  • “Role of tissue mechanical micro environment in health and disease,” Bioengineering Department Seminar, University of Iowa, March 6, 2015.
  • “Small size and microstructural heterogeneity of materials offer both high strength and ductility,” Keynote talk, Plasticity 2015, Montego Bay, Jamaica, January 4-9, 2015.
  • “From synchrony to swimming through long range cell-cell interactions,” EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference: Translating Medicine from bench to the bedside, 8-12 December, 2014, Turtle Bay Resort, Ohahu, Hawaii.
  • “Autonomous living machines: a new frontier of engineering,” 2014 American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects Biennial Convention, Saturday, November 15, 2014, Los Angeles, California.
  • “Axonal transport is modulated by axonal tension,” November 5, 2014, Axonal transport and Neuronal Mechanics Meeting, Nov 3-7, 2014, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University.
  • “Ductility of nano scale Si samples," Keynote lecture, Society of Engineering Science Annual Technical Meeting, Oct 1-3, Purdue University, 2014.
  • “From synchrony to swimming through long range cell-cell interactions,” Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Oct 21, 2014.
  • “Synchrony to swimming,” September 24, 2014, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • “Nanotechnology for health and energy,” Nanotechnology for Development of Advanced Applications: Solar and Energy Devices, September 22-24, 2014, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
  • “Bio-hybrid flagellar swimmer - a new paradigm for engineered life,” Micro-Nano Robotic Swarms for Biomedical Applications, IROS Workshop, September 14, 2014, Chicago.
  • “Fluctuations in cellular forces: noise or signal?,” Mini symposium on Nano-biomechanics, IEEE conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, Aug 27, 2014, Chicago.
  • “Emergence of a Flagellar Swimmer From Cardiomyocytes And Fibroblasts,” Invited talk, July 9, World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July 6-11, 2014.
  • “Soft Platforms To Measure Cellular Forces In Vivo,” Keynote lecture, July 11, World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July 6-11, 2014.
  • “An Engineered Living Flagellum,” Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Virginia Tech, April 18, 2014.
  • “Biohybrid Manufacturing,” Illinois-Tsinghua Nanotechnology Symposium/CNST 12th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop, April 16, 2014, UIUC.
  • “An Engineered Living Flagellum,” Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Texas A&M University, April 9, 2014.
  • “Role of mechanics in development and disease,” Solid Mechanics For Nanoscientists, Workshop, March 16-21, 2014, Autrans, France.
  • “Micro-instruments for nano-mechanical studies of materials,” Solid Mechanics For Nanoscientists, Workshop, March 16-21, 2014, Autrans, France.
  • “Mechanical micro environment and cancer metastasis,” Nutritional Sciences Seminar, March 12, 2014, UIUC.
  • “From Synchrony to Swimming,” American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Invited talk) Annual Meeting, Feb 13-17, Chicago, 2014.
  • "A swimming biological machine from primary cardiomyocytes," Bio Interest Group Seminar, UIUC, Feb 10, 2014.
  • “Metastasis on a dish,” Max Planck Institute, Mainze, Germany, October 17, 2013.
  • “Role of mechanical forces in health and disease,” International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, October 18, 2013.
  • “Synchrony in cardiac cells due to long-range force interactions,” University of Connecticut, Mechanical Eng Dept Seminar, Oct 4, 2013.
  • “Mechanobiology in neuronal development,” GEM4 Summer School, Aug 31, 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • “A living artificial swimmer from soft flagella and cardiac cells,” Society of Engineering Science 50th Annual Technical Meeting, July 18-31, 2013, Brown University.
  • "Size Dependent Brittle to Ductile Transition (BDT) Temperature in Single Crystal Silicon," MRS Spring Meeting, April 2013, San Francisco, CA.
  • "Synchrony to swimming at low Reynolds number," Bringham Young University, Mathematics Department, February 28, 2013.
  • "Substrate and ECM elasticity mediate metastasis like phenotype in vitro in human colon cancer cells," ASME 2013 2nd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, February 4-6, 2013 – Boston, MA.
  • “Substrate and ECM elasticity mediate metastasis like phenotype in vitro in human colon cancer cells," BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering special interest group's inaugural meeting, Hawaiian Big Island of Kona, January 2-5, 2013.
  • "A Micro Scale Swimming Biobot Powered by Synchronous Beating of Cardiac Cells," University of Texas at Arlington, Distinguished Lecture Series in Nano & Micro Systems, November 6, 2012.
  • "A swimming biobot from emergent synchrony among cardiac cells due to long-range force interaction," Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Oct 25, 2012, Atlanta, GA.
  • "Emergence of synchrony in complex living systems through force interaction," Physics of Cells - PhysCell2012 Workshop, Hyères, France, Sept 7, 2012.
  • "Emergence of synchrony in cardiac cells through mechanical communication," 23rd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Beijing, Aug 23, 2012 (trip canceled due to family reasons).
  • "Mechanobiology in neuronal development", University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BioSensing and BioActuation Summer Institute, Aug 3, 2012.
  • "Mechanobiology in neuronal development," Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GEM4 Summer Workshop, July 19, 2012.
  • Keynote talk: "A micro scale swimming biobot powered by synchronous beating of cardiac cells," 6th ASME Micro- and Nano-Systems Conference, Aug 13, 2012.
  • "Emergence of synchrony in living systems," Technical University of Munich, Physics Seminar July 24, 2012.
  • "Elasticity of microenvironment and cancer metastasis", NSF IGERT Workshop, Washington, DC, May 30, 2012.
  • "Emergence of Synchrony in Living Materials through Force Interaction," Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, March 22, 2012.
  • "Emergence of Synchrony in Living Materials through Force Interaction," Keynote talk, 2012 TMS annual meeting, Orlando, Florida, March 12, 2012.
  • "Emergence of Synchrony in Living Materials through Force Interaction," University of Maryland Institute for Systems Research, Feb 28, 2012.
  • "Emergence of Synchrony in Living Materials through Force Interaction," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Agricultural Engineering Seminar, February 24, 2012.
  • "Mechanical Tension in Axons and Synaptic Vesicle Clustering," Weizmann Institute, Clore Center for Biological Physics, Minisymposium on Biological Machines: Physics and Bioengineering, Feb 28, 2012.
  • "A MEMS Stage For Testing Nano To Micro Scale Samples," Materials Research Society, 2011 Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, Nov 28.
  • "Neuromechanics of Memory and Learning," Northwestern University, October 24, 2011.
  • "Microplasticity in Nanograined Metals," Université Catholique de Louvain Louvain School of Engineering October 17, 2011.
  • "Cancer Cell Adhesion during Metastatic Progression," Society of Engineering Science Meeting, Northwestern University, October 12-14, 2011.
  • "Microplasticity in Nanograined Metals: Role of Microstructural Heterogeniety," Society of Engineering Science Meeting, Northwestern University, October 12-14, 2011.
  • "Mechanisms of Plasticity in Nanograined Metals," University of Houston, Mechanical Engineering Dept., October 6, 2011.
  • "A Few Basics of Mechanics in Light of Cell Biology," University of Illiois at Urbana-Champaign, Workshop on Mechanobiology, July 26, 2011.
  • "Guidance Cues for Emergent Biological Machines," Georgia Institute of Technology, GEM4 Summer School, June 28, 2011.
  • "Mechanical Force Determines Neuronal Growth and Synaptic Function," Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, June 10, 2011.
  • "Mechanical Interactions between Cardiac Cells and Its Implication on Myocardiac Infarction," ASME 2011 Applied Mechanics and Materials Conference, Chicago, IL, May 30-June 1, 2011.
  • "Mechanical Force Determines Neuronal Growth and Synaptic Function," Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, June 10, 2011.
  • "Mechanisms of Plasticity in Nanograined Metals: Role of Microstructural Heterogeniety - Part II," Department of Physics, University of Vienna, June 6, 2011.
  • "Mechanisms of Plasticity in Nanograined Metals: Role of Microstructural Heterogeniety - Part I," Department of Physics, University of Vienna, May 25, 2011.
  • "Synaptic Tension: Force Connection to Memory and Learning," Michigan State University, February 23, 2011.
  • "Mechanisms of Plasticity in Nanograined Metals," Plasticity 2011, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 3-8, 2011. (trip cancelled due to medical emergency)
  • "Micro Machines for Biological Studies: Mechanics of Memory and Learning," Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, January 2011. (trip cancelled due to medical emergency)
  • "Mechanics of Nanostructured Metals: Effect of Microstructural Heterogeneity," Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, January 2011. (trip cancelled due to medical emergency)
  • "Mechanics of Nanostructured Metals: Effect of Size," Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Nov 2010. (trip cancelled due to medical emergency)
  • "Micro Machines for Nanoscale Materials Studies," Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Nov 2010. (trip cancelled due to medical emergency)
  • "Neuron as a Mechanical Material," Keynote Lecture, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov 12-18, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nov 16, 2010. (trip cancelled due to medical emergency)
  • "Synaptic Tension : force connection to memory and learning," KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Saudi Arabia, October 1, 2010.
  • "Synaptic Tension: Force Connection to Memory and Learning," Bioengineering Seminar Series, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sept 16, 2010.
  • "A Novel Stage for in situ Imaging of Cells and Tissues under Mechanical Stimulation," World Congress on Biomechanics, Aug 1-6, 2010, Singapore, Aug 6.
  • "Emergent Neuro-muscular Synapse Require Mechanical Tensile Force for Synaptic Plasticity," World Congress on Biomechanics, Aug 1-6, 2010, Singapore, Aug 3, 2010.
  • "Feeling the Cell Force," GEM4 Summer School, July 26-31, National University of Singapore, Singapore, July 30, 2010.
  • "Cancer Metastasis and Elasticity of Micro-environment," Keynote Lecture, 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, June 27-July 2, 2010.
  • "Neuronal Mechanics of Memory and Learning," Keynote Lecture,16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, June 27-July 2, 2010.
  • "Mechanisms of Plasticity in Nanograined Metals," International Workshop on Materials Behavior at Micro and Nano- Scale, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China, June 8-11, 2010.
  • "Seeing The Unseen Using Small Sensors: Two Examples From The World of Small," Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 21, 2010.
  • "Seeing The Unseen Using Small Sensors: Two Examples From The World of Small," Keynote Lecture, The Seventh International Symposium on Mechatronics and Its Application, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2010.
  • "The Role of Mechanical Tension in Neurons," Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 6, 2010.
  • "Mechanics Link to Memory and Learning: Lessons from Fruit Flies," University of California, Berkeley, April 5, 2010.
  • "Mechanics Link to Memory and Learning: Lessons from Fruit Flies," University of Texas at Austin, Feb 9, 2010.
  • "Synaptic Terminal Tension: Lessons from Fruit Flies," Texas Tech University at Lubbock, March 5, 2010.
  • "Mechanics Link to Memory and Learning: Lessons from Fruit Flies," Montana State University, Feb 5, 2010.
  • "Mechanical Tension in Neurons is Essential for Neurotransmission," Boston University, October 20, 2009.
  • "Microstructural Size and Heterogeneity: The Two Key Players at The Nano Scale," Purdue University, August 7, 2009.
  • "Microstructural Size and Heterogeneity: The Two Key Players at The Nano Scale," 2nd International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, Weihai, China, July 8-11, 2009.
  • "A MEMS Force Sensor and The Tale of Two Accidental Encounters," GEM4 2009 Summer School on "Cell and Molecular Mechanics in Biomedicine with a focus on Enabling Technologies,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 8-19, 2009.
  • "Mechanics of Memory," Arizona State University, April 10, 2009.
  • “Nanomechanics of Memory and Learning,” University of Washington, February 3, 2009.
  • “Effect of Size and Heterogeneity of Microstructure on Nanocrystalline Plasticity,” Keynote lecture, International Symposium on Plasticity, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, January 2009.
  • “Nanomechanics of Memory and Learning,” Weizmann Institute of Science and Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Workshop on Nano-Bio Systems, December 17-18, 2008.
  • “Unusual Mechanical Behaviors of Nanocrystalline Metals- Effect of Size and Heterogeneity of Microstructure,” Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, December 1-5, 2008.
  • “Memory under Tension,” University of Pennsylvania, October 28, 2008.
  • “Cellular Mechano-sensitivity for Implantable Devices,“ Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium, September 25-26, 2008.
  • “Interfaces and Heterogeneities - The Critical Players in the Field of Nanomechanics,” Nanomech 9, Germany, Sept 9-11, 2008.
  • “Memory under Tension,” Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, August 28, 2008.
  • “MEMS Sensors for Studying Cell Mechanosensitivity,” Caltech, GEM4 Summer School, July 21-25, 2008.
  • “Role of Micro-structural Heterogeneity in Determining Mechanical Properties of Nano-scale Metals,” ICHMM-2008: International Conference on Heterogeneous Materials Mechanics, Huangshan, China, June 3-8, 2008.
  • “Mechanics of Memory,” University of California at Los Angeles, April 2, 2008.
  • “MEMS for Materials Studies: From Nano to Micro Scale,” SEMATEC, Austin, TX, March 18, 2008.
  • “Mechanics of Learning and Memory,” Michigan Technological University, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, February 14, 2008.
  • “Cellular Mechano-sensitivity – A New Paradigm in the Understanding of Learning and Memory,” BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 7, 2008.
  • “Mechanics of Memory,” Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 6, 2008.
  • “Cellular Mechano-sensitivity – A New Paradigm in Understanding Learning and Memory,” Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, January 31, 2008.
  • “Seeing the Unseen Using Small Sensors: Two Examples from the World of Small,” Pennsylvania State University, November 27, 2007.
  • “Cellular Mechano-sensitivity – A New Paradigm in the Understanding of Learning and Memory,” Stanford University, “Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences” Lecture, November 15, 2007.
  • “Inhomogeniety and Size of Microstructure - A New Paradigm in Understanding Deformation Mechanism of Nano Crystalline Metals,” Brown University, Division of Engineering, September 24, 2007.
  • “Learning by Tension,” Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, July 17, 2007.
  • “On The Role of Inhomogeniety of Microstructure in Determining Deformation Mechanism of Nano Grained Metals,” Tsinghua University, Department of Engineering Mechanics, July 12, 2007.
  • “Interplay Between Size and In-homogeneity of Microstructure in Nano Grained Metals – A New Paradigm in Understanding Their Mechanical Property,” Institute for Materials Research, Shenyang, China, July 5, 2007.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano Grained Metals - Smaller is Stronger, Even Smaller May Be Softer,” International Conference on Smart Materials and NanoTech (SMN2007), Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, July 2, 2007.
  • “MEMS Based Sensors for Force Response Studies of Single Cells,” National University of Singapore, 2007 GEM4 (Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine) Summer School, Singapore June 25 – July 6, 2007.
  • “MEMS-A New Paradigm in Research Labs: From Materials Science to Biology,” Keynote Lecture, 6th International Workshop on Micro-Nano Electronics and Photonics, Islamabad, Pakistan, April 9-13, 2007.
  • “A Voyage through the World of Small,” Keynote Lecture, 6th International Workshop on Micro-Nano Electronics and Photonics, Islamabad, Pakistan, April 9-13, 2007.
  • “MEMS-A New Paradigm in Research Labs: From Materials Science to Biology,” NSF Sponsored US-Tunisia Workshop: Research and Educational Advances in Design and Fabrication of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, Hammamet, Tunisia, December 14-16, 2006.
  • “A Voyage through the World of Small,” California Polytechnic State University (Mechanical Engineering), San Luis Obispo, CA, November 27, 2006.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano Grained Metals-Smaller is Stronger, Even Smaller May Be Softer,” California Institute of Technology (GALCIT Colloquium), Pasadena, CA, November 24, 2006.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Single Living Cells Under Stretch and Compression Using Micro Force Sensors,” Third International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling, Freiburg, Germany, September 18-22, 2006.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Single Living Fibroblasts by Micro Force Sensors,” Third International Conference on Multiscale Material Modeling (MMM2006), Freiburg, Germany, September 18-22, 2006.
  • “Failure Mechanism in Columnar Nano Crystalline Thin Metal Films,” Keynote Lecture, 12th International Symposium on Plasticity, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 17-22, 2006.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano Grained Metals,” 16th European Conference on Fracture, Alexandropoulos, Greece, July 2-7, 2006.
  • “In-situ Studies of Deformation and Failure in Nano Grained Metal Films using Micro Instruments,” IUTAM Symposium on Plasticity at the Micron Scale, Denmark, May 21-25, 2006.
  • “Microinstruments for Studying Metals and Single Cells at Submicron Scale,” University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo, Japan, May 15, 2006.
  • “Mechanical Response of Single Living Cells Under Controlled Stretch and Indentation Using Functionalized Micro Force Sensors,” International Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology (MMB2006), Okinawa, Japan, May 9-12, 2006.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Sing Cells: A Nontoxic Approach towards Disease Detection,” International Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology (MMB2006), Okinawa, Japan, May 9-12, 2006.
  • “Exploring Mechanical Response of Metals and Single Living Cells at Nano Scale Using Novel Micro Instruments,” Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Department Material Physics, University of Leoben, December 13, 2005.
  • “Exploring Mechanical Response of Metals and Single Living Cells at Nano Scale Using Novel Micro Instruments,” Department of Materials, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH), November 23, 2005.
  • “Exploring Mechanical Response of Metals and Single Living Cells at Nano Scale Using Novel Micro Instruments,” Max Planck Institute Colloquium, Stuttgart, Germany, November 7, 2005.
  • “MEMS- A New Paradigm in Research Labs: From Biology to Materials Science,” National University of Singapore, July 26, 2005.
  • Invited panelist at the Discovery Platforms™ Workshop, Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM, July 26, 2005.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano-Grained Thin Metal Films,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1, 2005.
  • “Self Assembly of Nanowires and Their Characterization,” Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, UIUC, May 5-6, 2005.
  • “Thin Plates on Liquid/Air Interfaces: Theory and Experiment,” Brown University, Providence, RI, April 11, 2005.
  • “Micro Instrumentation for Studying Mechanical Properties of Free-standing Films,” TMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, February 14-18, 2005.
  • “Self Assembled Nano Wires and Channels,” Nano-characterization and Nanofabrication Using Advanced Physical Fields, Guest Lecture, 10th International Symposium on Advanced Physical Fields, Tsukuba, Japan, March 7-10, 2005.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano-grained Thin Metal Films,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, February 25, 2005.
  • “Anelasticity in Nano Grained Thin Metal Films,” 2004 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, December 1-5, 2004.
  • “Thin Plates Floating on a Liquid-Air Interface: Theory and Experiment,” Mechanical Engineering Department, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, October 7, 2004.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano-Grained Thin Metal Films,” Materials Science and Technology 2004 Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, September 26-29, 2004.
  • “Is There a Critical Size in Nano Grained Metals for Ductile to Brittle Transition?” Keynote Lecture, ASME Nanotechnology Institute, 3rd annual Integrated Nanosystems: Design, Synthesis and Applications Conference, Pasadena, CA, September 22-24, 2004.
  • “Micro-Instrumentation for Nano-Scale Materials Behavior under Uniaxial Tension,” 2004 Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior, Colby College, Waterville, ME, July 18-23, 2004.
  • “Strain Gradient Effect in Nanoscale Aluminum Films,” Gradient Plasticity Theory and Applications, Patras, Greece, May 31-June 4, 2004.
  • “MEMS for Probing Single Cells,” Forum on Nanotechnology Growth Opportunities for the Biotech and Medical Devices Sectors, organized by ASME Nanotechnology Institute, Irvine, CA, April 15-16, 2004.
  • “Is Smaller Always Stronger?” Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, March 31, 2004.
  • “Interaction Between Floating Bodies,” TAM Seminar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, March 11, 2004.
  • “Mechanical Behavior of Nano Grained Metals,” Materials Science Seminar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, March 8, 2004.
  • “Materials Behavior at Nanoscale,” International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, Singapore, December 7-12, 2003 (trip cancelled due to SARS threat).
  • “Deformation Mechanism of Nano Grained Free Standing Thin Aluminum Films,” 2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Applied Mechanics Division, Washington, DC, November 15-21, 2003.
  • “Novel Instruments for Studying Mechanical Properties at Nano-Scale,” Mechanical Engineering Department, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, October 9, 2003.
  • “Guided Self Assembly of Nano Wires and Channels,” Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Seminar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, October 1, 2003.
  • “Guided Self Assembly of Nano Channels and Wires,” NSF/MEXT U.S. Japan Young Scientists Symposium on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, MIT, Cambridge, MA, September 25, 2003.
  • “Functionalized BioMEMS Sensors for Studying Force Response of Single Living Cells,” 2003 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Key Biscayne, FL, June 25-29, 2003.
  • “Characterization of Nickel Nanowires Formed by Stress Assisted Self Assembly,” Joint Applied Mechanics/Materials ASME Summer Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 17-20, 2003.
  • “Novel Instrumentation for Studying Plasticity at Nano Scale,” Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, February 26, 2003.
  • “Novel Instrumentation for Studying Plasticity at Nano-Scale,” Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, February 25, 2003.
  • “Study of Nanoscale Materials and Single Biological Cells Using MEMS Sensors,” Mechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, December 30, 2002.
  • “Stress Assisted Self-Assembly of Nano-Wires and Channels,” Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, December 2, 2002.
  • “Force Response of Single Living Cells Due to Localized Deformation,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, November 17-22, 2002.
  • “Elastic Response of Aluminum at Submircrometer Scale,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, November 17-22, 2002.
  • “Experimental Results on Free Standing Nanoscale Al Films,” 14th U.S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics, Virginia Tech., June 23-28, 2002.
  • “Modeling and Experiment on a Bi-stable MEMS Actuated by Radiation Pressure,” 14th U.S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics, Virginia Tech., June 23-28, 2002.
  • “Uniaxial Tensile Experiments on Nanoscale Metal Films,” Society for Experimental Conference, Milwaukee, WI, June 10-12, 2002.
  • “Novel Instruments for Studying Mechanical Properties at Nano Scale,” Cornell University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ithica, NY, May 16, 2002.
  • “Capillary Interaction between Solid Plates Forming Menisci on the Surface of a Liquid,” Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, April 5, 2002.
  • “Capillary Interaction Between a Small Thin Solid Plate and a Liquid,” Fundamental Issues of Microsystems, Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 22-25, 2002.
  • “Novel Instrumentation for Studying Plasticity at Nano Scale,” International Conference on Plasticity, Aruba, January 3-8, 2002.
  • “Actuation of MEMS by Light,” University of Washington, Seattle, WA, October 11, 2001.
  • “A Bi-stable MEMS for Optomechanical Logic Elements,” Microelectronics Seminar, UIUC, September 5, 2001.
  • “Interaction between Small Floating Bodies,” Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 13, 2001.
  • “MEMS - An Overview,” Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 1, 2001.
  • “Bi-Stable MEMS for Optomechanical Computing in Harsh Environments,” Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 2000.
  • “Fabrication Issues of MEMS,” NSF Workshop on Manufacturing of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, DoubleTree Club Hotel, Orlando Florida, November 2000.
  • “Microinstrumentation for Studies of Single Cells,” New York Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY, October 2000.
  • “Interaction Between Small Thin Floating Solids,” Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC, Urbana, IL, September 2000.
  • “Micromachines – A Technology for the 21st Century,” Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2000.
  • “Micromachines – A Technology for the 21st Century,” Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, Kualalumpur, Malasia, June 2000.
  • “Interaction between Small Floating Bodies,” Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2000.
  • “Micro Instruments for Nano-Scale Materials Studies and Digital Sensing,” Technical University of Dresden, Institute fur Halbleiter- und Mikrosystemtechnik, Dresden, Germany, June 30, 1999.
  • “Micro Instrumentation for Material Studies at Nano Scale,” Workshop on Nanomechanics of Surfaces and Interfaces, University of Texas at Austin, Oct. 25-27, 1999. Organizer: Huajian Gao, Division of Mechanics and Computation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
  • “A Tunable, Bi-Stable, Low Power MEMS Sensor,” International Conference on Smart Materials, Structures, and Systems, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, July 7-10, 1999.
  • “Micro Instrumentation for Material Studies at Nano Scale,” 36th Annual Technical Meeting, Society of Engineering Science, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, October 25-27, 1999, Book of Abstract, WB2-4, (invited talk).
  • “Tunable Bi-Stable MEMS Device for High-Performance Switches,” DARPA MEMS Program Workshop (Advisory Meeting): MEMS for Mechanical Computation and Information Processing, La Jolla, CA, February 22-23, 1999.
  • “Micro Actuators for Non-Invasive Study of Single Living Cells,” Kodak Research and Development, Rochester, NY, June 10, 1998.
  • “MEMS Micro Instruments for Sub-Micron Materials Characterization,” Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, November 21, 1997.
  • “Reliability Studies of Torsional Single Crystal Silicon Beams for Rigid Micromirrors,” IEEE/LEOS 1996 Summer Topical Meeting, Keystone, CO, August 5-9, 1996.
  • “A Voyage Through the World of Micromachines – A Technology for the 21st Century,” Cornell Alumni Reunion, June 7, 1996.
  • “Micro-Instruments for Materials Characterization,” Materials Research Society 1996 Spring Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, CA, April 10, 1996.
  • “Micron-Scale Structures – A New Dimension for 21st Century Structural Engineering,” Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 18, 1995.
  • “A Milli-Newton Micro Loading Device,” Johns Hopkins University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Baltimore, MD, August 3, 1995.
  • “A Micro Loading Machine,” Cornell University, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Ithica, NY, February 8, 1995.

Patents

  • Kang, W. and T. Saif, "Apparatus and Method for In Situ Testing of Microscale and Nanoscale Samples," US Patent No. 9019512B2, April 28, 2015.
  • Rajagopalan, J. and M.T.A Saif, “High Aspect Ratio Polymer Elongate And One-Dimensional Microstructure Fabrication,” US 2014/0127508, May 8, 2014.
  • Kang, W. and T. Saif, "Apparatus and Method for In Situ Testing of Microscale and Nanoscale Samples," US Patent 20,110,317,157, 2011.
  • Han, J., M. T. A. Saif, and M. D. Uchic, "Apparatus and Method for Material Testing of Microscale and Nanoscale Samples," US Patent no: 7,752,916 B2, July 13, 2010.
  • Haque, A. and M. T. A. Saif, “Tensile Testing of Submicron Scale Freestanding Specimens in SEM and TEM,” U.S. Patent No. 6,817,255 B2, Nov. 16, 2004
  • Saif, M. T. A., and N. C. MacDonald, “Micromotion Amplification Based Sensors,” U.S. Patent No. 6,183,097 B1, Feb. 6, 2001
  • Saif, M. T. A., T. Huang, and N. C. MacDonald, “Micromotion Amplifier,” U.S. Patent No. 5,862,003, Jan. 19, 1999
  • Saif, M. T. A., and N. C. MacDonald, “Microelectromechanical Integrated Micro Loading Device,” U.S. Patent No. 5,786,621, July 28, 1998

Teaching Honors

  • College of Engineering Outstanding Advisors list, 2009
  • MechSE Alumni Effective Teaching Award, 2006
  • Listed in the Daily Illini “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” for Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2006
  • GE Scholar, UIUC, 1998
  • Ralph Bolgiano, Sr. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Cornell University, UIUC, 1991

Research Honors

  • Engineering Science Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2020
  • Warner T. Koiter Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2018
  • Member, International Advisory Board, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2016-
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Engineering Science, 2012-2016
  • President, Society of Engineering Science, 2016
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, May 23 - June 22, 2011
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011
  • Member of UIUC panel evaluating the academic engineering program of Jubail Industrial & University Colleges of the Royal Commission, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center, Infectious Disease Inter-disciplinary Research Group, 2010-2013
  • Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, UIUC, 2010-date
  • Willett Faculty Scholar Award, College of Engineering, UIUC, 2003-2009
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (5 years), College of Engineering, (UIUC), 2006
  • Associate, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 2004-2005
  • NSF Invited Member, U.S.-Japan Young Researchers’ Exchange Program for Nanotechnology, Sponsored by U.S. National Science Foundation and Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2003 in U.S., and Nov. 5-13, 2003 in Japan.
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2 years), College of Engineering, UIUC, 2003
  • Who’s Who in Engineering Education, 2002
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2002-2005
  • GE Scholar, 1998
  • NSF Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award, 1998