Cagri A. Savran

Cagri Savran

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, by courtesy in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: WANG 4042

Phone: +1 765 49-48601


  • B.S. Purdue, '98
  • M.S. MIT, '00
  • Ph.D. MIT, '04

Research Interests

  • MEMS, nanotechnology
  • BioMEMS
  • Biosensors
  • Protein detection
  • Aptamers (Nucleic-acid-based receptor molecules)

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Application Area(s)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Graduated with highest distinction and honors, Purdue University
  • Motorola PhD Fellowship at MIT (2001-2004)
  • NASA Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program Selectee (1998)
  • NSF U.S.-Japan Young Researchers Exchange Program Selectee (2007)
  • #1 News in Analytical Chemistry, March 2007 issue
  • #1 News in JACS weekly press-pack , December 17 2007

Selected Publications

G. Chitnis, Z. Ding, C-L. Chang, C.A. Savran and B. Ziaie, "Laser-treated hydrophobic paper: an inexpensive microfluidic platform," accepted Lab-on-a-Chip, 2010.

K. Icoz, C.A. Savran, "Nanomechanical Biosensing with Immunomagnetic Separation," Applied Physics Letters, vol. 97, 123701, 2010.

J. Lee, K. Icoz, A. Roberts, A.D. Ellington and C.A. Savran, "Diffractometric Detection of Proteins Using Microbead-Based Rolling Circle Amplification", Analytical Chemistry, vol. 82, no 1, pp. 197-202, 2010.

T.J. Lee, H. Zhang, C-L. Chang, C.A. Savran, and P. Guo "Engineering of the Fluorescent-Energy-Conversion Arm of Phi29 DNA Packaging Motor for Single- Molecule Studies", Small, vol. 5, no 21, pp. 2453-2459, 2009.

C.L. Chang, H. Zhang, D. Shu, P. Guo, C.A. Savran, "Bright-field analysis of phi29 DNA packaging motor using a magneto-mechanical system", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 93, pp. 153902, 2008.

K. Icoz, B. D. Iverson, and C.A. Savran, "Noise analysis and sensitivity enhancement in immunomagnetic nanomechanical biosensors", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 93, 013902, 2008.

J. Lee, J. Jang, D. Akin, C.A. Savran, R. Bashir, "Real-time detection of airborne viruses on a mass-sensitive device", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 93, pp. 013901-3, 2008.

G. Acharya, C-L. Chang, D. Holland, D.H. Thompson, C.A. Savran, "Rapid Detection of S-Adenosyl Homocysteine Using Self-Assembled Optical Diffraction Gratings", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol 47, no 6, pp 1051-1053, 2008.

G. Acharya, C.L. Chang, D.D. Doorneweerd, E. Vlashi, W.A. Henne, L.C. Hartmann, P.S. Low, C.A. Savran, "Immunomagnetic Diffractometry for diagnostic serum markers", Journal of the American Chemical Society vol 129, pp 15824-9, 2007.

C.L. Chang, G. Acharya and C.A. Savran, "In situ fabricated diffraction grating for biomolecular detection", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 90, pp. 233901-3, 2007.