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Burcu is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at TU/e. She strives for the development, fabrication, and application of smart biomaterials to realize high-precision processing in high-throughput microfluidic settings. She specifically focuses on the design and development of lab-on-a-chip devices containing hydrogels for diversified life sciences applications. Burcu is also interested in combining data-mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research for future research. 

Academic background

Burcu Gumuscu worked as a senior researcher in Mesoscale Chemical Systems Research Group at the University of Twente, where she performed independent research on nano-fabricated arrays for biomolecule analysis. In 2017 and 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed microfluidic biosensors for single-cell analysis. She received her Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the BIOS Lab-on-a-chip group at the University of Twente. Her Ph.D. thesis primarily aimed at the design and development of microfluidic devices for next-generation sequencing, organ‐on-chip, and water desalination on the microscale. She is the recipient of the Pieter Langerhuizen grant given in 2019 by The Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW). Burcu serves as a web writer at the Royal Society of Chemistry in collaboration with the development editor of Lab on a Chip Journal, and a review editor in Frontiers in Digital Health Journal. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Biotechnology, Separations-encoded microparticles for single-cell analysis, University of California at Berkeley


Award Date: 1 Oct 2018

Nanotechnology, Doctor, Lab-on-a-Chip Devices with Patterned Hydrogels: Engineered Microarrays for Biomolecule Separation, Organ-on-Chip and Desalination, University of Twente


Award Date: 15 Sept 2016



Award Date: 5 Jul 2012


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