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Carlo Montemagno, Ph.D.

Chair of Academic Affairs and Roy and Carol Doumani Chair, Biomedical Engineering IDP
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

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Mailing Address: UCLA
Departmental of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Box 951597
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Mailing Address: University of Cincinnati
801 Engineering Research Center
PO Box 210018
Cincinnati, OH 45221
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Office Phone Number: 513-556-2933
Work Phone Number: (310) 794-7270
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Professor Montemagno's research is focused on the application of nanotechnology to biological systems. He is well known for having engineered and fabricated the first nanobiomechanical motor system. His current research projects are directed at the development of biomolecular motor powered nanoelectromechanical devices, muscle powered MEMS devices, micro-robotics, and the engineering of on-chip detectors for pathogens.

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Dr. Carlo Montemagno is currently the Carol and Roy Doumani Professor of Biomedical Engineering, the Chairman of UCLA's Department of Bioengineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering IDP. After receiving his B.S. degree from Cornell in biological engineering, Dr. Montemagno spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineering Corp officer. During his service Dr. Montemagno earned a M.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. In 1988, Dr. Montemagno joined Argonne National Laboratory, were he both developed and served as group leader for the Advanced Environmental Studies and the Environmental Physics research groups. While at Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Montemagno earned his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame in Civil Engineering in 1995. He joined the Biological and Environmental Engineering faculty of Cornell University in 1995. He then joined UCLA in 2001. For his cumulative work Professor Montemagno was awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology in 2003.

Selected Publications:

Jung BC, Dave AS, Tan AY, Gholmieh G, Zhou S, Wang DC, Akingba AG, Fishbein GA, Montemagno C, Lin SF, Chen LS, Chen PS , Circadian variations of stellate ganglion nerve activity in ambulatory dogs, Heart Rhythm, 2006, 3 (1), 78-85.
Ho D, Fung AO, Montemagno CD , Engineering novel diagnostic modalities and implantable cytomimetic nanomaterials for next-generation medicine, Biol Blood Marrow Transplant, 2006, 12 (1 Suppl 1), 92-9.
Luo TJ, Soong R, Lan E, Dunn B, Montemagno C, "Photo-Induced Proton Gradients and ATP Biosynthesis Produced by Vesicles Encapsulated in a Silica Matrix, Nature Materials, 2005, 4 (March).
Choi HJ, Montemagno CD , Artificial organelle: ATP synthesis from cellular mimetic polymersomes, Nano Lett, 2005, 5 (12), 2538-42.
Yang CY, Brooks E, Li Y, Denny P, Ho CM, Qi F, Shi W, Wolinsky L, Wu B, Wong DT, Montemagno CD , Detection of picomolar levels of interleukin-8 in human saliva by SPR, Lab Chip, 2005, 5 (10), 1017-23.
Luo TJ, Soong R, Lan E, Dunn B, Montemagno C , Photo-induced proton gradients and ATP biosynthesis produced by vesicles encapsulated in a silica matrix, Nat Mater, 2005, 4 (3), 220-4.
Xi J, Schmidt JJ, Montemagno CD , Self-assembled microdevices driven by muscle, Nat Mater, 2005, 4 (2), 180-4.
Choi HJ, Brooke E, Montemagno C, Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoscale Biomimetic Polymer Vesicles and Polymer Membranes for Bioelectronic Applications", Nanotechnology, 2005, 16, S143-S149.
Li Y, Denny P, Ho CM, Montemagno C, Shi W, Qi F, Wu B, Wolinsky L, Wong DT , The Oral Fluid MEMS/NEMS Chip (OFMNC): diagnostic and translational applications, Adv Dent Res, 2005, 18 (1), 3-5.
Roco M, Montemagno C (eds), "The Coevolution of Human Potential and Converging Technologies", Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2004, 1013 (NY, New York).
Montemagno CD , Integrative technology for the twenty-first century, Ann N Y Acad Sci, 2004, 1013, 38-49.
St John MA, Li Y, Zhou X, Denny P, Ho CM, Montemagno C, Shi W, Qi F, Wu B, Sinha U, Jordan R, Wolinsky L, Park NH, Liu H, Abemayor E, Wong DT , Interleukin 6 and interleukin 8 as potential biomarkers for oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2004, 130 (8), 929-35.
Kristo B, Liao JC, Neves HP, Churchill BM, Montemagno CD, Schulam PG , Microelectromechanical systems in urology, Urology, 2003, 61 (5), 883-7.
Liu H, Schmidt JJ, Bachand GD, Rizk SS, Looger LL, Hellinga HW, Montemagno CD , Control of a biomolecular motor-powered nanodevice with an engineered chemical switch, Nat Mater, 2002, 1 (3), 173-7.
Hazard A, Montemagno C , Improved purification for thermophilic F1F0 ATP synthase using n-dodecyl beta-D-maltoside, Arch Biochem Biophys, 2002, 407 (1), 117-24.
Schmidt JJ, Montemagno CD , Using machines in cells, Drug Discov Today, 2002, 7 (9), 500-3.
Darnault CJ, Dicarlo DA, Bauters TW, Steenhuis TS, Parlange JY, Montemagno CD, Baveye P , Visualization and measurement of multiphase flow in porous media using light transmission and synchrotron x-rays, Ann N Y Acad Sci, 2002, 972, 103-10.
Soong RK, Neves HP, Schmidt J, Montemagno CD , "Engineering Hybrid Nanoscience Devices Powered By Biomolecular Motors", Biomedical Microdevices, 2001, 3 (1), 69?71.
Montemagno CD, "Nanomachines: A Roadmap for Realizing the Vision", J of Nanoparticle Research, 2001, 3, 1-3.
Bachand GD, Soong RK, Neves HP, Olkhovets A, Graighead HG and Montemagno CD, "Precision Attachment of Individual F1-ATPase Biomolecular Motors on Nanofabricated Substrates", Nano Letters, 2001, 1 (1), 42-44.
Bachand GD and Montemagno CD, "Constructing Organic/Inorganic NEMS Devices Powered by Biomolecular Motors", Biomedical Microdevices, 2000, 2 (3), 179-184.
Soong RK, Bachand GD, Neves HP, Olkhovets AG, Craighead HG and Montemagno CD, "Powering an Inorganic Nanodevice with a Biomolecular motor", Science, 2000, 290, 1555-1558.
Walker MJ, Montemagno C, Bryant JC, Ghiorse WC , Method detection limits of PCR and immunofluorescence assay for Cryptosporidium parvum in soil, Appl Environ Microbiol, 1998, 64 (6), 2281-3.