Prior to UC Irvine, Michelle Khine was an assistant and founding professor at UC Merced from 2006-09. At UC Merced, Shrink Nanotechnologies Inc., the first start-up company from youngest UC campus, was spun out of the research developed in Khine’s lab.
Khine received both her B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2001) degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. (2005) in bioengineering from UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. In the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center under Professor Luke P. Lee, Ph.D., Khine focused on developing microfabricated polymeric devices for cellular manipulation and analyses. As a Microsystems and Engineering Applications Institute Fellow, she also concurrently worked at Sandia National Laboratory. While in graduate school, she spun out a company, Fluxion Biosciences (San Francisco), based on her dissertation work of single-cell electroporation. She was named as one of MIT's Top Young Innovators in 2009.
Khine is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.