Dr. Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh was invited by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to present “High Throughput CMOS Sensors and Actuators: An Emerging Technology for Automation of Biological Laboratories” at the George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering.
Dr. Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh's research in this area and the advancement of these new technologies has significant impacts on research methods and techniques in labs around the world, improving DNA sequencing, aiding in drug discovery and disease management.
Abstract: Recent advances of Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Lab-on-Chip (LoC) technologies have greatly attracted the attentions for a variety of life science applications including DNA sequencing, drug discovery and automation of biological laboratories. A CMOS based LoC consists of a microfluidic device for directing the biological/chemical samples towards sensors (e.g. magnetic, optical or capacitive sensors) or actuators (e.g. magnetic or electrical actuators). An array of sensors or actuators can be realized on the top of CMOS integrated circuits (IC) for accurately measurement of chemical and/or biological signals. High throughput microfluidic/CMOS technology for cellular and molecular analysis is in a very early stage of development and there are several critical challenges that must be investigated and resolved. In this talk, professor Ghafar-Zadeh will discuss new perspectives and challenges for the design and implementation of hybrid microfluidic CMOS sensors and actuators. Also he will demonstrate and discuss his recent research achievements in this emerging field of research.
February 2nd at 12.15pm
ENG 288, George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering | 245 Church Street, Toronto
Biography: Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh (PhD, P.Eng) received his BSc ( KNT University, Tehran Iran), MSc (University of Tehran, Iran) and PhD ( Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada) degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1992, 1994 and 2008 respectively. In recognition of his innovative research in the topic of hybrid microfluidic/microelectronic systems, Dr. Ghafar-Zadeh received several postdoctoral fellowship awards including NSERC PDF and FRQNT PDF and he perused two postdoctoral fellows in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University; and the Dept. of Bio-engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ghafar-Zadeh has published more than 100 journal and conference papers and a book titled CMOS Capacitive Sensors for Lab-on-Chip applications. Since 2013, he has been an assistant Professor, in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Ghafar-Zadeh is the director of Biologically Inspired Sensors and Actuators Laboratory.