Xudong (sherman) fan, phd

Professor,  Biomedical Engineering



Professor Fan obtained B.S. and M.S. from Peking University in 1991 and 1994, respectively, and Ph.D. in physics and optics from Oregon Center for Optics at the University of Oregon in 2000. Between 2000 and 2004, he was a project leader at 3M Company on fiber optics and photonic sensing devices for biomedical applications. In August of 2004, he joined the Department of Biological Engineering at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor. In January of 2010, he joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan as an associate professor. In 2014, he was promoted to Professor.

Professor Fan’s research includes photonic bio/chemical sensors, micro/nano-fluidics, and nano-photonics for disease diagnostics and bio/chemical molecule analysis. In particular, he has 4 focuses: (1) Multi-dimensional micro-gas chromatography instrument development for vapor detection; (2) Optofluidic ELISA development for sensitive and rapid biomolecular analysis; (3) Optofluidic lasers; and (4) Study and development of novel optical and non-optical sensors. As of September 2016, he has approximately 130 peer-reviewed publications and over 20 issued/pending patents. Dr. Fan has served as Associate Editor for Optics Express, responsible for optical biological and chemical sensors and optofluidics. Presently, he serves on the Editorial Board for Lab on a Chip and Advisory Board of Advanced Materials Technologies. He has acted as a chair and organizer of numerous conferences for OSA, SPIE, Pittcon, IEEE, and MRS. He is a recipient of 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Award for Young Faculty, the Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Award (Phase I and Phase II), and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, private foundations, and industrial companies. He is Fellow of Optical Society of America and Royal Society of Chemistry.