Abstract: Field-effect transistor (FET) chemo- and biosensors have been significantly attracting the attention of life science applications ranging from pH to infectious diseases. High sensitivity and low limit of detection (LoD), integrability and low cost are the main advantages offered by FET sensors that can be implemented through the Electronic Sensing Platform (ESP). The first step after fabrication is the test and characterization of sensing transistors, most often using costly and bulky measurement instruments and probe station. The speaker introduces a portable low cost and easy-to-use characterization and readout system that can be employed by researchers from all fields of engineering and life sciences. In this webinar the functionality and applicability of this technology for various cellular and molecular sensing application will be demonstrated and discussed. A live demo of this system will also be presented for DNA quantification purposes.
Biography of speaker: Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees all in electrical engineering from KNT University of Technology, University of Tehran, and Polytechnique of Montreal (Montreal, Canada) respectively. Then he continued his research postdoc fellow in the departments of electrical engineering, McGill University, and bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, he joined as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, where he is currently an Associate Professor, a member of Graduate Programs of Departments of EECS and Biology, and the Director of the Biologically Inspired Sensors and Actuators (BioSA) Research Laboratory. His research is aimed at exploring novel integrated sensors and actuators for life science applications. Since 2013, the research of Prof. Ghafar-Zadeh has been supported by various funding agencies including NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC and he has published more than 1500 journals and conference papers and trained more than 40 highly qualified personnel (HQP) in the fields of electrical engineering and biology. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and senior Member of IEEE.