Chih Ming Ho Ph.D


Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Chair Professor
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Department of Bioengineering

38-137 Engineering IV
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  • B.S., National Taiwan University, 1967
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1974

Awards and Recognitions

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • Member, Academia Sinica
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Fellow, American Physical Society

Research Interests

Dr. Chih-Ming Ho holds the Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Chair Professor in School of Engineering . He is the Director of Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE) with a goal of fusing bio-nano-information technologies. After receiving his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ho started his career at the University of Southern California and rose to the rank of Full Professor. In 1991, he moved to the University of California , Los Angeles to lead the establishment of the micro-electro-mechanical -system (MEMS) field in UCLA and served as the founding Director of the Center for Micro Systems. To this day, the UCLA MEMS research has been recognized as one of the top three programs in the world. He served as UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research from 2001 to 2005.

He is known for his contributions in bio-nano technology, micro/nano fluidics, and turbulence. He was ranked by ISI as one of the top 250 most cited researchers in all engineering category around the world. In 1997, Dr. Ho was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In the next year, he was elected as an Academician of Academia Sinica which honors scholars of Chinese origin with exceptional achievements in liberal arts and sciences. Dr. Ho holds five honorary professorships. He has published 260 papers and 10 patents. He presented over 100 keynote talks in international conferences. Dr. Ho was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society as well as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his contributions in a wide spectrum of technical areas.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has made extensive contributions to the professional societies around the world. He has chaired the Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) in American Physical Society, which is the leading platform in the United States for scientists interested in fundamental fluid dynamics. He is on the advisory board for AIAA Journal. He is a member of the IEEE/ASME JMEMS coordinating Committee. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He also has served as a Guest Editor for Annual Review of Fluid Dynamics.

On the international level, he has served on advisory panels to provide assistance to many countries and regions, China , France , United Kingdom , Korea , Israel , Taiwan , Hong Kong and Japan , on the developments of nano/micro technologies. Dr. Ho also has chaired or served on numerous organizing committees of international conferences on high technology topics.

Recent Publications

  1. Chen T.-H., Zhu X., Pan L., Zeng X., Garfinkel A., Tintut Y., Demer L. L., Zhao X., Ho C.M., “Directing Tissue Morphogenesis via Self-Assembly of Vascular Mesenchymal Cells,” Biomaterials, vol. 33, pp. 2019-2026, 2012.
  2. Chen T.-H., Guo C., Zhao X., Wong M. N., Tintut Y., Demer L. L., Ho C.M., Garfinkel A., “Patterns of periodic holes created by increased cell motility,” Interface Focus, vol. 2, pp. 457-64, 2012.
  3. Wei F., Bai B., Ho C.M., “Rapidly optimizing an aptamer based BoNT sensor by feedback system control (FSC) scheme,” Biosens Biolelectron. 2011 Dec 15;30(1):174-9. EPub 2011 Sep 20.
  4. Valamehr B., Tsutsui H., Ho C.M., Wu H., “Developing defined culture systems for human pluripotent stem cells,” Regen Med. 2011 Sep;6(5):623-34.
  5. Yu F., Al-Shyoukh I., Feng J., Li X., Liao C.W., Ho C.M., Shamma J.S., Sun R., “COntrol of Kapori’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus reactivation induced by multiple signals,” PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e20998. Epub 2011 Jun 28.
  6. Chen Y.L., Huang C.Y., Chien T.Y., Huang S.H, Wu C.J., Ho C.M., “Value of pre-operative serum CA125 level for prediction of prognosis in patients with endometrial cancer,” Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011 Oct;51(5):397-402. Epub 2011 Jun 9.
  7. Wong T.S., Chen T.H., Shen X., Ho C.M., “Nanochromatography driven by the coffee ring effect,” Anal Chem. 2011 Mar 15;83(6)1871-3. Epub 2011 Feb 2.