Rafael Gomez-Sjoberg is currently Director of Bioengineering at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, where he leads a team of engineers developing instrumentation to support and advance the scientific mission of the institution. Before joining the Biohub, Rafael was Director of Bioengineering at Celgene Quanticel Research (formerly Quanticel Pharmaceuticals). At Quanticel Rafael designed and built instruments for isolating single cells from very small cell samples, and managed the company's single cell analysis and sequencing platforms. Prior to Quanticel, he led a Microfluidics lab within the Engineering Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, developing instrumentation for biological & biochemical research.
Rafael did Postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen Quake where he designed and built a fully automated, microfluidics-based, system for performing cell-based experiments. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of the Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia. The focus of his M.S. was semiconductors and microelectronics (integrated circuit fabrication). During his Ph.D. he developed a microfabricated sensor of bacterial metabolism for rapid detection of bacterial contamination in liquid samples. Before attending graduate school, Rafael worked briefly in an optics laboratory in France, where he developed an instrument to study liquid crystals, followed by two and a half years at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory designing subatomic particle detectors and building instrumentation to investigate the effects of ionizing radiation on silicon-based particle detectors.