Michelle Khine


BME Dept. School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine

Current: Michelle Khine is an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Dept at UC Irvine, Director of Faculty Innovation at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and Director of BioENGINE at the Applied Innovation.

Background: Michelle Khine was an Assistant and Founding Professor of the School of Engineering at UC Merced. She received her BS ('99) and MS ('01, under Dennis Lieu) in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and her PhD ('05, under Luke P Lee) in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UCSF. While in graduate school, she worked at Sandia National Labs as a MESA Fellow as well as co-founded Fluxion Biosciences (San Francisco, Ca), which was based on her dissertation work.

Philosophy: "A wise man (Yoda, to be specific) once said, 'Do or do not, there is no try'. I live by that quote: I never settle. I believe in fully embracing life, being incentified rather than intimidated by challenges...and above all else, enjoying the journey -- the "doing" -- instead of concerning myself with the destination. Yoda's guidance has served me well. I live a pretty charmed life. My family are my close friends (and my friends are like family) and I would move heaven and hell for any one of them if they needed me to, and I am pretty sure they'd do the same for me. Or, as Yoda would say, 'Good relations with the Wookiees, I have.' I also have the best job in the world! I feel like I don't actually work but rather play for a living. My unshakeable naivete has me believing I can do anything I really put my heart to...and that has not failed me to date."

Fun fact: Michelle has a world speed record.

Just named: TR35 2009 Recipient. Thank you MIT Technology Review!



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