Position Type:

  •  Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award‐ summer research

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

Project Description

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

Stipend TBD

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.