McGrath imageProf. James McGrath
University of Rochester, USA

Nanopore Membranes


Track:  Membranes
Presentation: Wednesday, September 22, 10:10 am

Professor McGrath holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State (BS) and MIT (MS) and earned a PhD in Biological Engineering from Harvard/MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1998. He then trained as a Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. Since 2001, Professor McGrath has been on the Biomedical Engineering faculty at the University of Rochester where he directed the graduate program in BME for a decade and now serves as the Associate Director of the microfabrication and metrology core (URNano). While historically, Professor McGrath's research was focused on the phenomena of cell migration, since 2007 he has been leading an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team that is developing and applying ultrathin porous membrane technologies. Professor McGrath is a co-founder, current director, and past president of SiMPore Inc., a company founded to commercially manufacture silicon nanomembranes. In 2020, he co-founded Parverio, a start-up applying the silicon membrane technology to the problem of microplastics pollution.  In 2015 he was elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has co-authored 11 issued and pending patents and more than 80 scientific publications.