Sadik C. Esener

Sadik C. Esener

Office: 3408 Engineering Building Unit 1

Mailing Address:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407

Phone: (858) 534-2732
Fax:     (858) 534-1225

Web Pages:
NanoTumor Center

Institute Affiliations:
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 1987

Photonics and opto-electronics, including optical interconnects, optical data storage, biophotonics, and cancer nanotechnology

Professor Esener is an internationally known expert in photonics and opto-electronics, and he has been closely involved with five startup companies based on technology developed in his laboratories. His research interests include light modulation, detection, and amplification, heterogeneous integration of optoelectronic components, optical data storage, optical interconnects and related computing architectures, and biophotonics as applied to gene chips. Esener is a pioneer in the fields of free-space optical interconnects, parallel access volumetric optical data storage, DNA-assisted heterogeneous integration and optical cell sorting, and holds many patents in these areas. Esener's research team is working on diverse projects pushing the limits of the state of the art. They include active and passive photonic device processing and hybrid integration techniques; photonics sub-systems assembly such as optically interconnected Fast Fourier Transform accelerator boards; and parallel light tweezer systems for handling and characterization of biological entities. A recent emphasis is put on the development of cancer nanotechnology for cancer detection, monitoring, imaging and guided therapies.

Capsule Bio

Sadik Esener joined the UCSD faculty in 1987, after receiving his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from UCSD the same year. He leads UCSD's OptoElectronic Computing Group, and is the director and Principal Investigator of the NanoTumor Center for Cancer Nanotechnology of Excellence funded by NCI. Previously he served as the director and of the DARPA-funded multi-university Center for Chips with Heterogenously Integrated Photonics (CHIPS); the 3D-Opto-Electronic Stacked Processors industry/university consortium; and the Fast Read-out Optical Storage (FROST) Industry consortium. He has authored more than 100 journal publications and 250 conference abstracts. Esener serves on the Board of Trustees of Sabanci University, is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and a member of IEEE and SPIE. Esener co-founded San Diego-based Nanogen, Optical Micro-Machines, Parallel Solutions, Genoptix, and Call/Recall and Ziva.

Honors and Distinctions

·       Certificate of Recognition NASA, March 1987

·       Fellow of OSA

·       Best ECE Graduate Teacher Award 2002

Links to Recent Esener Publications

Recent Journal Publications

·       Flynn, R. A., Birkbeck, A. L., Gross, M., Ozkan, M., Bing, S., Wang, M. M., and Esener, S.C., "Parallel transport of biological cells using individually addressable VCSEL arrays as optical tweezers." Sensors & Actuators B-Chemical B87(2): pp. 239-243,  Dec. 2002. 

·       Guoqiang, L., Yuceturk, E., Dawei, H., and Esener, S.C., "Analysis of free-space optical interconnects for the three-dimensional optoelectronic stacked processor." Optics Communications 202(4-6) pp. 319-29, Feb. 2002.

·       Guoqiang, L., Dawei, H., Yuceturk, E., Mar.and, P. J., Ozguz, V. H., Yue, L., Esener, S.C., "Three-dimensional optoelectronic stacked processor by use of free-space optical interconnection and three-dimensional VLSI chip stacks." Applied Optics 41(2) pp. 348-360, Jan. 2002.

·       Hartmann, D. M., Heller, M.J., Esener, S. C., Schwartz, D., and Tu,E. "Selective DNA attachment of micro- and nanoscale particles to substrates." Journal of Materials Research 17(2): pp. 473-478, Feb., 2002.

·       Ozkan, M.,  Bhatia, S., and Esener, S.C., "Optical addressing of polymer beads in microdevices." Sensors & Materials 14(4): pp. 189-197, 2002. (Invited Paper)

·       Ozkan, N. S. F., Hendrick, W. L., Mar.and, P. J. and  Esener, S. C. "Misalignment tolerance analysis of free-space optical interconnects via statistical methods." Applied Optics 41(14): 2686-94, May 2002.

·       Wen, P., Sanchez, M., Gross, M., and Esener, S.C. "Observation of bistability in a vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifier (VCSOA)." Optics Express, Vol.10, no.22, p. 4, Nov., 2002.

·       Birkbeck, A. L., Flynn, R. A., Ozkan, M., Song, D., Gross, M., and Esener, S.C., "VCSEL arrays as micromanipulators in chip-based biosystems." Biomedical Microdevices 5(1): pp. 47-54, 2003.

·       Ozkan, M., Wang, M., Ozkan, C., Flynn, R., Birkbeck, A., and Esener, S.C., "Optical manipulation of objects and biological cells in microfluidic devices." Biomedical Microdevices 5(1) pp. 61-67, Mar. 2003.

·       Sanchez, M., Wen, P., Gross, M., and Esener, S.C. "Rate equations for modeling dispersive nonlinearity in Fabry-Perot semiconductor optical amplifiers." Optics Express, Vol.11, no.21, p. 2689, Oct. 2003.

·       N. Ozkan, M. Pisanic, T. Scheel, J. Barlow, C. Esener, S., and Bhatia, S. “Electro-optical platform for the manipulation of live cells” Langmuir. v 19 n 5 Mar 4 2003. p 1532-1538

·       Sanchez, M., Wen, P., Gross, M., and Esener, S.C. "Nonlinear gain in vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers." IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 15(4): pp. 507-509, Apr. 2003.

·       Wen, P., Sanchez, M., Gross M., and Esener, S.C., "Vertical-cavity optical AND gate." Optics Communications 219(1-6) pp. 383-387, Apr. 2003.

·       Forster, A. H.,  Wang, M. M., Butler, W., Chachisvilis, M., Chung, T. D. Y. , Esener, S.C., Hall, J. M., Kibar, Lykstad, O., K.,  Mar.and, P. J.,  Mercer, E. M.,  Pestana, L.,  Sur, S.,  Tu, E.,  Yang, R., . Zhang, H., and Kariv. I. "Use of moving optical gradient fields for analysis of apoptotic cellular responses in a chronic myeloid leukemia cell model." Elsevier Analytical Biochemistry ACCEPTED for publication (2004).

·       Wen, P., Sanchez, M., Gross M., and Esener, S.C., “Polarization anisotropy in vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers” Optics Letters, Vol. 29 Issue 16 , pp.1888-1890  (August 2004)

Last Updated: 11/08/2010