Bahareh Behkam

Assistant Professor


MicroN BASE Laboratory



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 1999


Professional History

2008 – present, Virginia Tech, Assistant Professor

2008, Carnegie Mellon University, Post-doctoral Researcher

2003 – 2008, Carnegie Mellon University, NanoRobotics Laboratory, Graduate Research Assistant

2001-2003, Carnegie Mellon University, NanoScale Energy Transport Lab, Graduate Research Assistant


Research Areas of Expertise


Research Interests

Dr. Behkam's research focuses on micro/Nanoscale systems engineering with special interest in biotic (living)/abiotic (synthetic) interfaces. Her current research interests include: bio-hybrid microrobotics, living machines, bacteria-based theranostics, biological microfluidics, and physical chemistry of cell-surface interaction.


Professional Leadership


Professional Affiliations


Awards and Honors

Aline Inc. Best Paper Award, ASME 2nd Global Congress on Nanoengineering for Medicine and Biology, 2013

Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2012

Peeble Award for Best Paper, Adhesion Society Meeting, 2012

Dowd-ICES Doctoral Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004-2005