Taher Saif, PhD, received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Washington State University respectively in 1984 and 1986. He obtained his Ph.D degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 1993. He worked as a Post Doctoral Associate in Electrical Engineering and the National Nanofabrication Facility at Cornell University during 1993-97. He joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during 1997. He was promoted to full Professor in 2006.
Dr. Saif’s research focuses on the mechanics of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanoscale materials behavior, and cellular biomechanics. His current research includes mechanics of neurons and cardiac cells, in vitro metastasis of human colon cancer cells induced by mechanical microenvironmental, and development of biological machines from cell clusters. The central theme of his research is to address the fundamental question of how cells transduce mechanical signals to their functionality. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.