Rashid Bashir, Ph.D. is the Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bioengineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he serves as Director of the Micro and NanoTechnology Laboratory. He is a pioneer in bioMEMS technologies, point-of-care sensors, and nanotechnology for biomedical applications. His interests include interfacing biology and engineering from molecular to tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solve biomedical problems. He is a co-inventor of the electrical detection system that underlies Daktari’s CD4 counting technology, has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal papers, 120 conference papers and abstracts, and has been granted 33 patents. He is a fellow of IEEE and AIMBE.
Xuanhong Cheng, Ph.D. has been the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor of Bioengineering & Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University since 2008. She holds a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington and is a co-inventor of the CD4 microchip. Her general research interest is in the development of microfluidic platforms for biological sample processing and bio-particle detection, especially the creation of appropriate technologies for point of care diagnosis.
Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality.
William Rodriguez, M.D. was the founding CEO of Daktari. He has been a leader in global health for more than two decades. His expertise has made him a valued advisor to the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and several African and Asian governments. From 2003-2007 he served as Chief Medical Officer of the Clinton Foundation, responsible for strategy and market development for global health products and clinical policies and programs. Bill held the role of Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School for five years, Research Associate of Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital for six years, and was a member of the clinical staff at MGH and at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital for more than a decade. He served as the Chief Medical Resident at BWH following his residency. Bill earned his M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a Sc.B. degree in Neural Sciences from Brown University.
Mehmet Toner, Ph.D. is the Helen Andrus Benedict Professor of Surgery (Bioengineering) at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is known as a pioneer in the development of clinical microfluidic tools and microelectromechanical systems with a broad range of applications in medicine and global health. He is the co-inventor of the CD4 microchip and co-founder of several biotechnology companies. He is the author of more than 250 original scientific and technical publications, is the inventor of more than 30 patents, and holds a Ph.D. degree from MIT.