- Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award‐ summer research
- NSERC USRA
Position Title: Research Assistant/summer researcher
Location: BCEE 328
Professor: Hossein Kassiri
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact for Professor (Email, phone): Email: Hossein@eecs.yorku.ca
# of positions available: 2
Monitoring and treatment of neurological disorders using a microelectronic
brain implant has been investigated as a promising alternative for patients who are
refractory to existing pharmacological solutions. The implanted system is required to
record neural activity at high spatial resolution, process recorded signals, and trigger
responsive action to control an undesired neurological event such as seizure.
Given the fact that brain neuro-electrical activity is originally rooted from celllevel
chemical communication among cells, simultaneous monitoring of
electrochemical and electrophysiological brain activities could potentially lead to
higher sensitivity and specificity in detection of neurological events.
In integrated Circuits and Systems Lab we are developing is single-chip
solution for multi-modal monitoring of brain activity. While the IC (integrated circuit)
design will be done by a graduate student, the envisioned solution also requires
characterization and experimental validation of microelectrodes that are designed to be
sensitive to a single specific chemical agent. Additionally, a board-level prototype must
be developed and tested prior to the IC fabrication for proof-of-concept evaluation.
Duties and Responsibilities of the student:
There are two positions for this project. The successful candidates will be responsible for
1. developing a board-level design using off-the-shelf electronic component and
available bio-chemical sensors to be used for chemical recording and analyzing
the acquired data.
2. Electrical characterization and experimental testing of ion-sensitive
Skills and Qualifications:
The student should have the following qualifications:
- Familiarity with electronic circuits and systems.
- PCB design experience is a plus.
- Self-driven and interested in the field of biomedical electronics
Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:
- Minimum requirement: EECS 2200, 2210 or equivalent
- Preferred: EECS 3611 and EECS3201 or equivalent
Willing to host external students? Yes
Duration: 16 weeks minimum
Start Date: 05/01/2018 (estimated)
End Date: 08/31/2018 (estimated)
If you are interested in this research project, please contact Hossein Kassiri at Hossein@eecs.yorku.ca.