John Lund

Assistant Professor
Office: ENGR 308
Phone: (907) 786-1066


Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, December 2006 – Present (Post-General Exam, expected graduation August 2009), Dissertation: “Tunneling-Based DNA Analysis”, Emphasis: micro/nano-scale fabrication, analog/digital filter design, control systems, automation, microscopy, computer vision, system integration, biosensors, surface/molecular engineering


Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, September 2004 – December 2006, Emphasis: device characterization, MEMS, nano-scale fabrication, biosensors


Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, August 2000 – June 2004, Design Project Emphasis: embedded systems, FPGA development, control, automation, safety/monitoring systems

Career History


·        NSF IGERT Fellowship, 2007-2008

·        Nanotechnology UIF Fellowship, 2006-2007

·        Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2006

·        Rushmer Fund Fellowship, 2004-2005

·        James Ewing Scholarship, 2003-2004

·        Meek, Markley, McPhail Scholarship, 2000-2004

·        Cougar Academic Award, 2000-2004

·        Senior Computer Engineering Student of the Year Award, 2003

·        Junior Computer Engineering Student of the Year Award, 2002

·        Sophomore Computer Engineering Student of the Year Award, 2001

·        Pioneers of Alaska Scholarship, 2000 

·        East Anchorage Rotary Scholarship, 2000

Research Assistant, PI Babak Parviz, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2004-2009

·        Headed the development of a fully-automated system to traverse and analyze DNA molecules on conductive substrates. This work resulted in a novel scanning tunneling instrument capable of performing tens of thousands of spectroscopic measurements per day to identify molecular features while traversing a single 2 nm wide molecule. Much of this work involved close cooperation with a research team to develop tools and techniques to manipulate DNA molecules on a variety of substrates while meeting quarterly deadlines established by a private funding agency.

·        Led an interdisciplinary team of researchers to develop electronic nanoscale sensors for the detection of various biomolecules including nucleic acids and proteins. These sensors have a power consumption of less than 1 nW, a footprint of less than 1 μm², and are fabricated using afully CMOS compatible process.

·        Characterized the electrical properties of 7 nm wide palladium coated _-DNA molecules on mica substrates. These metal-coated organic molecules serve as a potential platform for electronic components, making their electrical characterization important to future development using this platform.

·        Developed a microfluidic malaria detection tool using light microscopy. Image processing techniques were utilized to compensate for the use of inexpensive optics with chromatic and geometric aberrations as well as contaminated optical trains, resulting in a system with the potential for low-cost malarial screening.


ALVA Mentor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Summer 2006, 2007, and 2009

·        Mentored ALVA (Alliances for Learning and Vision for underrepresented Americans) incoming college freshman. Developed research plans for students to explore Electrical Engineering research hands-on as incoming freshman, while engaging in work which provides a practical contribution to ongoing research. Responsibilities included identifying student interests and tailoring research and mentoring to their goals, as well as assisting with the development of a final student-run poster and oral research presentation.


Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Instructor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, April – June 2006 and 2007

·        Instructed a twice-weekly three-hour laboratory session on the use of instruments for nano/microscale electronic device fabrication and characterization. Methods and instruments covered included SEM, TEM, AFM, STM, confocal LSM, Raman microscopy, photolithography, electron beam lithography, thin film deposition, RIE, and wet chemical processing.

·        Worked with groups of graduate students to develop realistic research project goals and develop systematic approaches to achieve these goals within a fixed research schedule.

·        Received the “Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award” for the department of Electrical Engineering in 2006.


Contract Writer, Department of Transportation, State of Alaska, Utilities Division, Summer/Winter 2000-2004

·        Coordinated with utility companies, engineers, and project managers to estimate utility relocation needs related to road construction projects and draft contracts with these various private and public utilities. Alaska has a short and well-defined annual construction schedule, making contracts and change orders critical to on-time completion of high priority construction projects. This work involved frequent visits to project sites to determine relocation needs, estimate relocation costs, and verify utility relocation progress.


Additional Experience

·        2003-2004, Washington State University, Senior Design Project: designed and developed a hydroelectric generator temperature monitoring system, and integrated this system with existing monitoring and control systems for Avista Utilities at their Post Falls dam site. This system collected thermal histories of hydroelectric generators designed for 50+ years of operation. This automated monitoring system was incorporated into an existing monitoring system to predict and prevent environmental and health impacts related to ozone emission, as well as generator failure due to winding insulation deterioration.


 Book Chapters:

·        John Lund and Babak Parviz, “Electronic DNA Sequencing” accepted for publication in Current

·        Pharmaceutical Analysis: Hot Topic Issue 2009

·        John Lund and Babak Parviz, Scanning Probe and Nanopore DNA Sequencing: core techniques and possibilities” Accepted for publication in Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP): Second Edition, 2009

·        Ranjana Mehta, John Lund, and Babak Parviz, "Using Biomolecules for Self-Assembly of Engineered Nano-Scale Structures and Devices" (Invited book chapter) submitted for publication

·        in Nanofabrication: Fundamentals and Applications (Edited by Walt Trybula and Ampere Tseng) Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications:

·        Ranjana Mehta, Maryam Rahimi, John Lund, Babak Parviz, “Rapid Extension of Single and Double Stranded DNA on Atomically Flat Conductive Surfaces”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, v 6, n 6, 2007, pp 734-736

·        Declan Ryan, Maryam Rahimi, John Lund, Ranjana Mehta, Babak A. Parviz, “Toward nanoscale genome sequencing”, TRENDS in Biotechnology, v 25, n 9, 2007, pp 385-389

·        John Lund, Ranjana Mehta, Babak A. Parviz, "Label-Free Direct Electronic Detection of Biomolecules with Amorphous Silicon Nanostructures", Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, v 2, n 4, 2006, pp 230-238

·        John Lund, Jianchun Dong, Zhaoxiang Deng, Chengde Mao, and Babak A. Parviz, "Electrical Conduction in 7 nm Wires Constructed on _-DNA", Nanotechnology, v 17, n 11, 2006, pp 2752-2757


Refereed Conference Papers:

·        John Lund, Jianchun Dong, Ranjana Mehta, Maryam Rahimi, Babak A. Parviz, "Using Electron Tunneling for Direct Sequencing of DNA", proceedings of the NSTI Nanotechnology Conference, v 2, pp 480-483, Santa Clara, CA, May 20-24 2007

·        Ranjana Mehta, John A. Lund, and Babak A. Parviz, "Molecular Combing For Stretching Single-Stranded Phage Genomes On Conductive Graphite Surfaces", proceedings of the 2nd Annual IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (IEEE-NEMS), pp 943-946, Bangkok, Thailand, January 16-19, 2007

·        John Lund, Ranjana Mehta, and Babak Parviz, "Detection of Small Molecule-Protein Binding with Amorphous Silicon Nanostructures", proceedings of the NSTI Nanotechnology Conference, Vol. 2, pp 186-189, Boston, MA, May 7-11 2006

·        John Lund, Chia-Jean Wang, and Babak Parviz, "Electronic Detection of DNA with Amorphous Silicon Nanostructures", proceedings of the 19th IEEE International Conference on MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), pp 474-477, Istanbul, Turkey, January 22-26, 2006

·        John Lund, Jianchun Dong, Zhaoxiang Deng, Chengde Mao, and Babak Parviz, "DNA Networks as Templates for Bottom-up Assembly of Metal Nanowires", 5th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Paper # TH-P2-5, Nagoya, Japan July 11-15, 2005 Other Conference Papers:

·        John Lund, Declan Ryan, Ranjana Mehta, Maryam Rahimi, Babak A. Parviz, "Direct electronic identification of oligonucleotides with inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy", UW CPAC Micro-Reactors and Micro-Analytical Workshop, Rome, Italy, March 19-21 2007

·        John Lund, Ranjana Mehta, Babak A. Parviz, "Detection of Biomolecules with Amorphous Silicon Nanostructures", second annual meeting of the American Academy of Nanomedicine, Baltimore, MD, September 9-11, 2006

·        John Lund, Jianchun Dong, Zhaoxiang Deng, Chengde Mao, and Babak Parviz, "Construction of Palladium Nanowires on Lambda-DNA", presented at the 5th Annual Northwest Nanoscale Science and Technology Workshop, Seattle, WA, September 20th-21st 2005