Selim Ünlü, PhD
Boston University
Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Prof. M. Selim Ünlü was born in Sinop, Turkey, in 1964. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1986, and his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1988 and 1992, respectively.

From 1984 to 1986, he was a part-time research engineer with Military Electronics, Inc., Ankara, Turkey, where he worked on VHF communication systems. In 1992, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, as an Assistant Professor, and he has been a Professor since 2003. He held visiting positions at Optoelectronics Department, University of Ulm, Germany (January – June 2000), at Quantum Photonics Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (September – December 2006), and at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey (January – June 2007). In 2008, he started Zoíray Technology Inc., and serves as the Chief Technology Officer.

Dr. Ünlü‘s career interest is in research and development of photonic materials, devices and systems focusing on the design, processing, characterization, and modeling of semiconductor optoelectronic devices, especially photodetectors, and high resolution imaging and spectroscopy of semiconductor and biological materials.

During 1994-1995, Dr. Ünlü served as the Chair of IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society, Boston Chapter, winning the LEOS Chapter-of-the-Year Award. He served as the vice president of SPIE New England Chapter in 1998–1999. He was awarded National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award in 1993, United Nations TOKTEN award in 1995 and 1996, and both the National Science Foundation CAREER and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards in 1996. Dr. Ünlü has been selected as a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer for 2005-2007 and Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (ARCNN) Distinguished Lecturer for 2007. He has been elevated to IEEE Fellow rank in 2007 for his contributions to optoelectronic devices. He is the recepient of Turkish Scientific Foundation (TUBITAK) Science Award (Ozel Odul)

Dr. Ünlü is a recognized expert on photodetectors and nanophotonics. He has presented more than 100 invited talks at conferences, departmental colloquia and other research institutions and participated in international conference organizations. Dr. Ünlü has authored and co-authored more than 250 technical articles and several book chapters and magazine articles; edited one book; holds three US patents; and has several patents pending. During 1999–2001, he has served as the chair of the IEEE/LEOS technical subcommittee on photodetectors and imaging, and currently serving as the founding chair of IEEE/LEOS technical subcommittee on Nanophotonics. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.

Dr. Ünlü’s career goal is to continue active participation in advanced research and administration in a broad range of science and engineering, in particular nanophotonic, and biophotonics working in an intellectually challenging environment that will allow him to utilize his broad expertise and skills to reach his full potential.

Boston University
Biomedical Engineering

Interferometric Imaging for Multiplexed Molecular Kinetics
05/01/2020 - 10/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Selim Ünlü, PhD
National Science Foundation

B-BIC RADX-Rad: Unlu (BU) Subcontract
12/21/2020 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NHLBI

I-CORPS Team: Interferometric Imaging for Multiplexed Molecular Kinetics
06/01/2020 - 11/30/2021 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Interferometric Reflectance Imaging Sensor for Rapid Bacterial Identification in Infected Wounds
05/12/2021 - 09/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Physical Sciences, Inc. Dept Homeland Sec

Securing CMOS IC Chips using Backside Imaging
09/09/2020 - 06/11/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Selim Ünlü, PhD
Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC Department of Energy

Integrated nanoparticle isolation and detection system for complete on-chip analysis of exosomes
10/01/2017 - 03/30/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Selim Ünlü, PhD
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche European Commission

SBIR-Phase-II: High-Throughput Nanoparticle Characterization for Life Science Applications
08/15/2018 - 07/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Nanoview Diagnostics Inc. National Science Fdn

Embedding Optical Nanoantennas in Standard CMOS Cells for Security
07/16/2019 - 11/30/2019 (Co-Investigator)
Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC Department of Energy

EAGER: Design and Exploration of Optical Nanoantenna Technology for Advanced IC Testing and Hardware Security
08/15/2016 - 04/30/2019 (PI)
National Science Foundation

09/01/2008 - 02/28/2019 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute National Science Fdn

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  1. Seymour E, Ünlü NL, Carter EP, Connor JH, Ünlü MS. Configurable Digital Virus Counter on Robust Universal DNA Chips. ACS Sens. 2021 01 22; 6(1):229-237.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33427442
  2. Yurdakul C, Ünlü MS. Computational nanosensing from defocus in single particle interferometric reflectance microscopy. Opt Lett. 2020 Dec 01; 45(23):6546-6549. PMID: 33258864; DOI: 10.1364/OL.409458;
  3. Celebi I, Geib MT, Chiodi E, Lortlar Ünlü N, Ekiz Kanik F, Ünlü S. Instrument-Free Protein Microarray Fabrication for Accurate Affinity Measurements. Biosensors (Basel). 2020 Oct 29; 10(11). PMID: 33138051; PMCID: PMC7692379; DOI: 10.3390/bios10110158;
  4. Chiodi E, Marn AM, Geib MT, Ekiz Kanik F, Rejman J, AnKrapp D, Ünlü MS. Highly Multiplexed Label-Free Imaging Sensor for Accurate Quantification of Small-Molecule Binding Kinetics. ACS Omega. 2020 Oct 06; 5(39):25358-25364. PMID: 33043215; PMCID: PMC7542848; DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.0c03708;
  5. Sevenler D, Trueb J, Ünlü MS. Beating the reaction limits of biosensor sensitivity with dynamic tracking of single binding events. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 03 05; 116(10):4129-4134. PMID: 30782809; PMCID: PMC6410873; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1815329116;
  6. Isil Ç, Yorulmaz M, Solmaz B, Turhan AB, Yurdakul C, Ünlü S, Ozbay E, Koç A. Resolution enhancement of wide-field interferometric microscopy by coupled deep autoencoders. Appl Opt. 2018 Apr 01; 57(10):2545-2552. PMID: 29714238
  7. Zhang X, Daaboul GG, Spuhler PS, Freedman DS, Yurt A, Ahn S, Avci O, Ünlü MS. Nanoscale characterization of DNA conformation using dual-color fluorescence axial localization and label-free biosensing. Analyst. 2014 Dec 21; 139(24):6440-9. PMID: 25340741
  8. Daaboul GG, Lopez CA, Chinnala J, Goldberg BB, Connor JH, Unlü MS. Digital sensing and sizing of vesicular stomatitis virus pseudotypes in complex media: a model for Ebola and Marburg detection. ACS Nano. 2014 Jun 24; 8(6):6047-55.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24840765; PMCID: PMC4466106; DOI: 10.1021/nn501312q;
  9. Yu C, Lopez CA, Hu H, Xia Y, Freedman DS, Reddington AP, Daaboul GG, Unlü MS, Genco CA. A high-throughput method to examine protein-nucleotide interactions identifies targets of the bacterial transcriptional regulatory protein fur. PLoS One. 2014; 9(5):e96832.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24811061; PMCID: PMC4014563; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096832;
  10. Yurt A, Grogan MD, Ramachandran S, Goldberg BB, Unlü MS. Effect of vector asymmetry of radially polarized beams in solid immersion microscopy. Opt Express. 2014 Mar 24; 22(6):7320-9. PMID: 24664079; DOI: 10.1364/OE.22.007320;
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