Sufi Zafar head shot

Sufi Zafar

IBM TJ Watson Research Center

Recipient of the Distinguished Lectureship Award

For contributions to semiconductor device-based biosensors with applications in biology, healthcare and Internet of Things (IoT).

About the Recipient

Invited talk session: Q13.00005

Sufi Zafar works as a Research Staff Member at IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. She is a physicist with extensive interdisciplinary research experience in biosensors, device and material physics, data modelling and nanofabrication. She has had a long-standing interest in applying her expertise in physics and engineering to develop innovative biosensors for applications in healthcare, agriculture and environment. Towards this goal, she taught herself biology to be an effective collaborator and initiated and led a full-time project on biosensors at IBM Research. Her approach is to exploit CMOS technology tools to achieve sensor innovations with a viable path for commercialization. The biosensor project achieved significant translational success with technology transfer for commercialization rights to a medical diagnostic company. Additionally, Sufi’s research efforts have resulted in 79 top-tiered journal publications with h-index of 41 (including 25 first and corresponding authored ones with the mean citation of 112), 84 filed/pending patents, invited talks (including keynotes) and invitations to serve on technical conference committees. She has received prestigious internal and external awards and honors, including IBM Research Division Award (2005), IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards (2013, 2018), IBM Master Inventor Award (2017), IBM Outstanding Innovation Award ( 2021) Senior IEEE Member (2014) and American Physical Society Fellow (2009).

About the Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics

This committee award, established in 2013 by the CCPD and FIAP, serves to stimulate interest and excitement in non-academic career paths in physics, and to expose students, faculty, and physics graduates to a variety of cutting-edge physics problems encountered throughout a successful industrial or other non-academic careers. The award is endowed by FIAP.