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Frederick Balagaddé, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Francis College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Perry 310


  • 2007 Ph.D., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • 2001 B.A., Physics & Computer Science; Minor, Mathematics, Manchester University (N. Manchester, IN)


Frederick Balagaddé, Ph.D., a graduate of the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA), is an instructional laboratory manager in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has experience working with microfluidics large scale integration and chip-based cell culturing platforms at Stanford University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He recently served as a principle investigator at K-RITH (Durban, South Africa, recently renamed Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)), where he contributed to the development of a first-of-its-kind, bioengineering and cleanroom facility for microfluidics research. He is a TED Fellow and recipient of the Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award from Manchester University (North Manchester, Indiana; 2015).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, Manchester University, IN - 2015
  • TED Fellow, TED Senior Fellow, TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), New York, NY - 2009 to present

Selected Publications

  • Luthuli, B. B., Purdy, G., E., Balagaddé, F., K., “Confinement-Induced Drug-Tolerance in Mycobacteria Mediated by an Efflux Mechanism” PLoS ONE 2015.
  • Balagaddé F., “Biosensors and the $1000 Genome” Strategic Business Insights 2012 
  • Balagaddé et al, “A Synthetic Escherichia Coli Predator-Prey System” Mol. Sys. Biol.4:187, 1-8, 2008. Marguet, P., Balagaddé, F. et al, “Biology by design: Reduction and Synthesis of Cellular Components and Behavior” Journal of the Royal Society Interface 4:607, 2007. 
  • Balagaddé et al, Long-term Monitoring of Bacteria Undergoing Programmed Population Control in a Microchemostat. Science 309 (5731) 137-40, 2005. 
  • Gaier J., Yoder Vandenberg Y., Berkebile S., Stueben H., Balagaddé F. “The Electrical and Thermal Conductivity of Woven Pristine and Intercalated Graphite Fiber-Polymer Composites” Carbon 42 (12) 2187-2193, 2003.

Selected Presentations

  • Plenary Speaker, American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting and exposition—the world’s largest gathering of pharmaceutical scientists. Denver Colorado – 2016 
  • Speaker at TED 2010 Conference, Long beach, CA - 2010

Selected Intellectual Property


  • Balagaddé, F. K., Hansen, C., Kartalov, E., Quake, S. R., “Microfluidic Chemostat” US Patent No. 11/012,852
  • Luthuli, B. B., Balagaddé, F., K., “A Microdialysis Device.” WIPO Patent No. PCT/IB2015/059719
  • Luthuli B.B., Kunota T., Balagaddé F., “Automated Microfluidic Device Loading and Operating System.” SA Patent No. 2016/07825
  • Balagaddé F.K., Myrick A.B., Mackenzie J. S., “Screening method and Apparatus for Drug Efflux Displacement.” SA Patent No. 2016/07824