Smitha Rao



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  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington


Smitha Rao received her MS and PhD degrees from University of Texas at Arlington in Electrical Engineering in 2004 and 2009 respectively. She pursued her research interest as a principal scientist in a start-up company from 2010-2012. In 2012, she returned to academia as a faculty associate-research managing a laboratory, extending her research and gaining teaching experience. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. Her research focuses on inter-disciplinary areas including MEMS, microfluidics, tissue engineering, nanofibers and nanoparticles with application in cancer studies, scaffolds, sensors and implantable devices.

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Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices
  • Piezo-based polymeric sensors
  • Microscale devices for biomedical sensors
  • Electrospun fibers for scaffold and electrical sensing