Samuel K. Sia

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Co-Director, SEAS Entrepreneurship

351 Engineering Terrace
1210 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code: 8904
New York , NY 10027

Phone: +1 212-854-7549
Fax: +1 212-854-8725

Research Areas:

Microfluidics, point-of-care diagnostics, 3D tissue engineering, implantable devices.

Molecular and Microscale Bioenigneering Laboratory


  • 2002-5: Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Professional Experience

  • 2005-2011: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  • 2011-2016: Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  • 2016-present: Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University


  • BMEN 4210 - Thermodynamics of Biological Systems
  • BMEN 4590 - BioMEMS: Cellular and Molecular Applications
  • ENGI 4100 - Research to Revenue (joint class with Columbia Business School)

Honors and Awards

  • 1993-97: Canada Scholar 
  • 1997: Dean's Silver Medal in Science, University of Alberta 
  • 1997-99: National Science and Engineering Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship A 
  • 1999-2001: National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship B 
  • 1997-2002: Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship 
  • 2002: Delegate, International Achievement Summit, Dublin, Ireland 
  • 2002: Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching 
  • 2004-5: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship
  • 2006 American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant
  • 2006 Walter H. Coulter Early Career Award
  • 2007 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers Symposium
  • 2008 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2008 Walter H. Coulter Early Career Award, Phase II
  • 2010 NASA Launch innovator
  • 2010 MIT Technology Review 35
  • 2010 NASA Launch, one of ten innovators in human health and sustainability
  • 2011 Runner-up, Wall Street Journal Innovation Award in Medical Devices
  • 2013 Kjeldgaard International Lectures in Molecular Biology, Aarhus Denmark
  • 2015 Thiele Lectureship Award, University of Notre Dame
  • 2016 Inductee, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

Selected Publications

  • S.Y. Chin, Y.C. Poh, A. Kohler, J.T. Compton, L.L. Hsu, K.M. Lau, S. Kim, B.W. Lee, F.Y. Lee and S.K. Sia, “Additive manufacturing of hydrogel-based materials for next-generation implantable medical devices”, Science Robotics, eaah6451 (2017).
  • N. Tejavibulya and S.K. Sia, “Personalized Disease Models on a Chip”, Cell Systems, 3(5):416-418 (2016).
  • S. Nayak, N.R. Blumenfeld, T. Laksanasopin, and S.K. Sia, "Point-of-Care Diagnostics: Recent Developments in a Connected Age.", Anal. Chem., 89:102-123 (2017).
  • S. Nayak, A. Sridhara, R. Melo, L. Richer, N.H. Chee, J. Kim, V. Linder, D. Steinmiller, S.K. Sia, and M. Gomes-Solecki.  "Microfluidics-based point-of-care test for serodiagnosis of Lyme Disease.", Scientific Reports, 11;6:35069 (2016).
  • H.E. Abaci, Z. Guo, A. Coffman, B. Gillette, W.H. Lee, S.K. Sia and A.M. Christiano, "Human Skin Constructs with Spatially Controlled Vasculature Using Primary and iPSC-Derived Endothelial Cells", Adv Healthc Mater., 5:1800-7 (2016).
  • O. Ordeig, S.Y. Chin, S. Kim, P.V. Chitnis, S.K. Sia, “An implantable compound-releasing capsule triggered on demand by ultrasound”, Scientific Reports, 6:22803 (2016).
  • S.K. Sia, M.P. Owens, “Share and share alike”, Nature Biotechnology, 33:1224-1228 (2015).
  • T. Guo, R. Patnaik, K. Kuhlmann, A.J. Rai, S.K. Sia, “Smartphone dongle for simultaneous measurement of hemoglobin concentration and detection of HIV antibodies”, Lab on a Chip, 15:3514-20 (2015).
  • T. Laksanasopin et al, “A smartphone dongle for diagnosis of infectious diseases at the point of care”, Science Translational Medicine, 7, 273re1-9 (2015).
  • C.D. Chin, Y.K. Cheung, T. Laksanasopin, M.M. Modena, S.Y. Chin, A.A. Sridhara, D. Steinmiller, V. Linder, J. Mushingantahe, G. Umviligihozo, E. Karita, L. Mwambarangwe, S.L. Braunstein, J. van de Wijgert, R. Sahabo, J.E. Justman, W. El-Sadr, S.K. Sia, “Mobile device for disease diagnosis and data tracking in resource-limited settings”, Clin. Chem., 59, 629-640 (2013).
  • G. Eng, B.W. Lee, H. Parsa, C.D. Chin, J. Schneider, G. Linkov, S.K. Sia, G. Vunjak-Novakovic, “Assembly of complex cell microenvironments using geometrically docked hydrogel shapes”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 110, 4551-4556 (2013).
  • C.D. Chin, V. Linder, and S.K.Sia, “Commercialization of microfluidic point-of-care diagnostic devices”, Lab on a Chip (2012).  [single most cited article in Lab Chip in 2013]
  • C.D. Chin, T. Laksanasopin, Y.K. Cheung, D. Steinmiller, V. Linder, H. Parsa, J. Wang, H. Moore, R. Rouse, G. Umviligihozo, E. Karita, L. Mwamarangwe, S. Braunstein, J. van de Wijgert, R. Sahabo, J. Justman, W. El-Sadr and S.K. Sia, "Microfluidics-based diagnostics of infectious diseases in the developing world", Nature Medicine, 17, 1015–1019 (2011). 

Microfluidics, point-of-care diagnostics, 3D tissue engineering, implantable devices.

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