Welcome To Ashis Research Group



Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras, where he has been a faculty member since 2010. He received his Ph.D. degree from USC-Columbia, USA in 2008, and subsequently did his Post-Doc at the University of Southampton, UK. He received his bachelors and master’s degree from NIT Rourkela and IISc Bangalore respectively.

After joining IIT Madras, he has secured more than 8 crores (~1 million USD) of research funding from various funding agencies to setup and run a Microfluidics Research Facility to carryout cutting-edge research in the area. He has guided 5 PhD/MS scholars so far and currently guiding 15 PhD/MS scholars. He has published nearly 60 research papers so far in various prestigious international journals and filed 6 patents. He has taught several core courses to PG/UG students, offered a new elective course on “Microfluidics and Microsystems” and also offered an NPTEL (online) course on “Microfluidics”. He has been actively participating in various administrative duties at both departmental and institute levels at IIT Madras.

He is the recipient of the Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA), 2017, Institute Research and Development Award (IRDA)- Early Career Level, 2017, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award, 2013, Institution of Engineers India (IEI) Young Engineer Award, 2013, DAAD Fellowship, 2012 and the USC Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2007.

He is a member of ASME, Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer, Indian Society of Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, and Indian Society of Smart Materials and Structures.

His main research interests are in the areas of microfluidics based interfacial phenomena and healthcare diagnostics.

  • Microfluidics and Microsystems
  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Lab on Chip (LOC) Diagnostics
  • PhD : University of South Carolina – Columbia, USA (2005-2008)
  • ME  : Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore, India (2001-2003)
  • B.E  : National Institute of Technology – Rourkela, India (1996-2000)
  • Associate Professor, IIT Madras (2016 - till date)
  • Assistant Professor, IIT Madras (2010 - 2016)
  • Research Associate, University of Southampton UK (2009 - 2010)
  • Sr Microfluidics Engineer, Epigem Ltd UK (2008 - 2009)
  • Thermal Engineer, Applied Thermal Technologies Pune, India (2003 - 2005)
  • Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA) 2017, IIT Madras, 2017
  • Institute Research & Development Award (IRDA) 2017- Early Career Level, IIT Madras, 2017
  • Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award (2013)
  • Institute of Engineers India (IEI) Young Engineer Award (2013)
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Fellowship (2012)
  • USC Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2007)
  • NIH Research Fellowship (2005-2008)
  • MHRD Scholarship (2001-2003)
  • Das Memorial Award in High School (1994)
  • Institute of Smart Materials and Systems : Life Member
  • Indian Society of Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power: Life Member
  • Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer : Life Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) : Member


  • Project title: Microfluidic Platform for Continuous Monitoring of Gasotransmitters for early level management of SIRS, Funded by: IMPRINT, MHRD, Role: PI (Co-PI: Dr. Paul Ramesh, Apollo, Dr. K M Muraleedharan, CY, Dr. Madhulika Dixit, BT and Dr. Anil Prabhakar, EE), Duration: 2017-2020.
  • Project title: Development of Smartphone Integrated Generic Microfluidic Devices for Rapid, Portable and Affordable healthcare diagnostics, Funded by: IMPRINT, MHRD, Role: PI (Co-PI: Dr. Suman Chakraborty, IIT KGP, Dr. Amit Agrawal, IITB), Duration: 2017-2020.
  • Project title: Microfluidic platform for identification and isolation of target cells, Funded by: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Role: PI (Co-PI: Dr. Madhulika Dixit, BT and Dr. Anil Prabhakar, EE), Duration: 10/2015-10/2018.
  • Project title: Computing for Water: Molecular Dynamics Simulations of nanoscale hydrodynamics for the development of efficient water desalination technology, Role: Co-PI (PI: Dr. Sarith Sathian, AM), 2016-2019.
  • Project title: Sorting of deformable objects in microchannels for biomedical applications, Funded by: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Role: PI (Co-PI: Dr. Mukesh Doble, BT), Duration: 11/2013-11/2016.
  • Project title: Development of Electrospray Based MEMS Microthruster, Funded by: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Role: PI (Co-PI: Dr. Mahesh Panchagnula, AM), Duration: 10/2013-10/2016.
  • Project title: Development of a ‘plug-n-play’ microfluidic research platform and novel approaches to mixing, droplet, particle separation and pumping at micro-scale, Funded by: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Role: PI, Duration: 03/2012-03/2015.
  • Project title: Development of microfluidics based healthcare diagnostics.
  • Member, Board of Academic Research (BAR), IIT Madras, 2017- till dt.
  • Invite talk, 2nd Pan IIT Biotech Meet-2017, 05-07 Oct, 2017, Goa.
  • Session Chair on Microfluidics, CompFlu 2017, IIT Madras.
  • Technical Co-chair, Microfluidics, ICMEMS 2014, IIT Madras.
  • Treasurer, Mechanical Engineering Association (MEA), IIT Madras, 2016-till dt.
  • Member, Institute Time Table Committee, IIT Madras, 2014-2016.
  • Member, Institute Hindi OLIC committee, IIT Madras, 2014-present.
  • Convener, MNBE Group, Dept. of ME, IIT Madras, 2016-present.
  • Chairman, Ph.D. Comprehensive viva and Doctoral DC meetings for MNBE group.
  • Faculty Advisor for undergraduate students, 2011-present
  • Member of Core Group, Swayam Prabha: NPTEL/MOOC Course.
  • Member of NFSC Research Project Review Committee, IIT Madras, 2016.
  • Member, Review Committee, DST-TSDP, 2016.
  • Member of Technical Experts Committee (TEC), SBIRI, BIRAC, Feb 20, 2017.
  • Invited Speaker to Microfluidics & Lab on a Chip India, Date: 2013, Bangalore, India.