Xudong (Sherman) Fan, Ph.D.

Richard A. Auhll Endowed Professor of Engineering and Professor, Biomedical Engineering


2158 Lurie Biomedical Engineering
1101 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2110


(734) 763-1273

Primary Website

Sherman Fan Lab


  • Ph.D., Physics/Optics, Physics Department, Oregon Center for Optics, University of Oregon, 2000
  • M.S., Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China, 1994
  • B.S., Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China, 1991

Research Interests

Prof. Fan’s research lies in the interface of engineering, biomedicine, and translation. We develop a variety of miniaturized devices by using physics, photonics, engineering, micro/nanofabrication, and biochemical principles and tools to address unmet clinical needs, and subsequently translate research outcomes into commercially viable products to benefit the whole society. Particularly, we have the following technology platforms:

  • Micro-gas chromatography and vapor sensing for breath analysis and body odor analysis.
  • Laser emission microscopy.
  • Microfluidic platform for rapid and sensitivity detection of biomolecules in the liquid phase.
  • Wearable technologies.

Research Areas:

Bio-MEMS and Microfluidics, Bio-Micro Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Imaging and Optics, Biomedical Optics, Breath Analysis, Gas Sensing, Sweat Detection


  • Richard A. Auhll Professor of Engineering (2022)
  • University of Michigan College of Engineering Wise-Najafi Prize for Engineering Excellence in the Miniature World (2022)
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award (2018)
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award (2017)
  • Fellow of SPIE (2017)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (2014)