Bringing lab-level microanalysis from the bench-top to the bedside for improved trauma patient outcomes.
Nitin Agrawal has made a remarkable breakthrough in DNA amplification technology by developing a novel convection-based portable thermocycler for high-speed polymerase chain reaction. At Harvard Medical School, under the mentorship of Mehmet Toner, he acquired expertise in Bio-microelectromechanical and microfabrication technologies. By conducting basic as well as clinical research, he studied neutrophils’ immunoinflammatory responses to complex signaling cascades during severe burn and trauma. Agrawal has taught several Mechanical Engineering courses at Washington State University, Tri-cities as adjunct faculty and also led a variety of outreach activities as Chair of the local section of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) in Washington State. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2011, Agrawal was nominated for the prestigious Fitzner-Eberhardt Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Engineering Education.