People

 

Department 2016_06

Department of Bioelectronics

Permanent staff

 

Adel Hama received a higher vocational training certificate (BTS) in Bioanalysis and Controls from the Marie Curie high school (Marseille) in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Science in Life Technology with specialisation in Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Western Switzerland (HES-SO) in 2010. To complete his Bachelor of Science, he carried out an internship at Dublin City University, in the Laboratory of Integrated Bioprocessing on enhancing product quantity by controlling the specific growth rate of Pichia pastoris expressing human serum albumin. He joined BEL in 2011, and was in charge of integrating cells on organic semiconductors for toxin and pathogen detection. He was also a team member in the project IONOSENSE (Proof of Concept ERC) and the project CELLTOX (Marie Curie International Re-integration Grant). His work included biocompatibility test of new organic electronic materials, biosensor development for applications in toxicology and the development of 3D cell cultures in conducting polymer scaffolds. He is involved in several projects at BEL and helps young researchers with their biology experiments.  In 2016, he got a permanent position as a Research Engineer at BEL. His current work is on the development of in vitro devices for motor neural recording, stimulation and drug testing.

hama@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 79

 

 Ismailova Esma Ismailova is an Associate Professor in the Bioelectronics Department at Ecole National Superieur des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE). She received her BSc. in Physics at the National University of Uzbekistan and obtained a Master’s degree in Polymer Science at Strasbourg University in France where she also completed her PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Physics, working on the synthesis and characterization of polymers and their application in microelectronics. She then joined the Laboratory for Organic Electronics at Cornell University, NY, USA as a postdoctoral researcher, where she worked on understanding of the interface between biology and electronics. In 2010 she joined BEL as a postdoctoral fellow where she worked on developing microfabrication platform for soft biocompatible neural implants and advanced to becoming a permanent staff member in 2012. Throughout her career, she developed the ability to embrace new concepts and techniques and to translate methods and ideas from one discipline to another. Her current research interests center around the development of organic electronic sensors for applications in healthcare using wearable smart textile systems. She is the leading organizer of the Electronic Textiles Symposia for the Materials Research Society in the USA and Europe. She is also the principal scientist in PIAVE AUTONOTEX project sponsored an BpiFrance (French Public Investment Bank) aiming to develop next generation of communicating and energy autonomous textiles for health monitoring in hospitals and in high-risk environments.

ismailova@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 46   –   @Esma_Ismailova

 

Professor George Malliaras received a BS in Physics from the Aristotle University (Greece) in 1991, and a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, cum laude, from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1995. After a two year postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center (California), he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University (New York). From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility. He joined the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne in 2009. His research on organic electronics and bioelectronics has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences, the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont. He is a member of the Hellenic National Council for Research and Technology, a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and serves as an Associate Editor of Science Advances. He is a co-author of 200+ publications in peer-reviewed journals that have received over 18,000 citations. His h-index is 73 (google scholar, 4/17).

malliaras@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 44   –   @GeorgeMalliaras

 

Rod O’Connor is an Associate Professor at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence. He received a BSc(Hons) and MSc in Neuroscience from Laurentian University in Canada. His doctoral research was carried out at the University of Cambridge, where he received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences for his work applying biological imaging to study the influence of pulsed microwaves on cell physiology. Thereafter, he held a Marie Curie fellowship at the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence, Italy, applying multiphoton microscopy for in vivo imaging and femtosecond laser manipulation of the brain. He carried out further postdoctoral training in electrophysiology and optogenetics at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus in Virginia, Boston University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in Massachusetts. Before moving to BEL, he held a Labex Chair in Bioengineering at the XLIM Research Institute in Limoges, where he was applying advanced biological imaging tools to study the effects of ultrashort, intense pulsed electric fields on cancer in vitro and in vivo. He received his habilitation (HDR) from the University of Limoges in 2016. His current research at BEL centers on the application of organic electronic materials for interfacing, sensing and treating cancer – ‘Oncoelectronics’. His specific interest is in understanding the bioelectrical basis of disease and in the potential fusion of Bioelectronics and Bioelectrics approaches to create implantable or wearable electroceutical devices for cancer therapeutics. He is an author of over 30 publications with an h-index of 13, according to Google scholar (10/2016).

neurophoton@gmail.com   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 78   –   @neurophoton

 

  Professor Róisín Owens serves as the Head of the Department of Bioelectronics at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence. She received her BA in Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Southampton University. In her early postdoc work she specialized on biochemical aspects of infectious diseases, including enteric pathogens and tuberculosis, but then moved into novel therapeutics (for rhinovirus) using protein engineering and development of new technologies for pathogen detection. A continued interest in novel engineering technologies for biological applications led her to the field of organic bioelectronics. Her current research centers on application of organic electronic materials for in vitro toxicology, with a specific interest in understanding the biotic/abiotic interface. She has received several awards including the European Research Council starting and proof of concept grants, a Marie Curie fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship. In 2014, she became principle editor for biomaterials for MRS communications (Cambridge University Press), and she serves on the advisory board of Materials research express (IOP publishing) and Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley). She is author of over 50 publications and has an h-index of 20 (Google scholar 10/2016).

owens@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 45   –   @biochemist_hero

 

Research Engineer

 

  Usein Ismailov is a research engineer in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (Gardanne, France). He is graduated in Physics from the National University of Uzbekistan. Then, he completed his studies in France and obtained Master degrees in Polymers Engineering from the University of Strasbourg (2010, Strasbourg, France) and in Technological Innovation and Industrial Management from the University of Bordeaux (2014, Bordeaux, France). During his research experience he gained a large background in synthesis of conducting polymer latex composites for the fabrication of organic transparent electrodes. He also worked on the process development of conductive nanoparticle-based inks by the inkjet and screen printing on flexible substrates during his internship with GEMALTO company. He is actually working on the “AUTONOTEX”  project funded by BPI France where he develops textile sensors based on organic conducting polymers with an application in e-Textile technologies.

usein.ismailov@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 71   –  @UseinIsmailov

 

Postdocs

 

  Mary Donahue is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microèlectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Mines de Saint Étienne. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX USA).  She also completed her MS in Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University in cooperation with the Digital Light Processing group of Texas Instruments. In 2006 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work at the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnology (ZMN) at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. Following this scholarship period she continued her work at the ZMN to carry out her PhD research, focusing on optimization of III-Nitride based sensors in order to stabilize measurement conditions in liquids and biological media; ultimately for blood gas measurements including pH and nitric oxide. She joined BEL in 2014 and her current research interests include implantable organic sensors and the functionalization of organic transistors for in vitro and in vivo biosensing applications.

mary.donahue@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 37

 

  Vincenzo F Curto is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He received his BSc in 2007 and MSc in 2010 both in chemical engineering from University of Palermo, Italy. During his M.Sc. studies he investigated the application of hybrid organic/inorganic nanoparticles toward biosensing. In 2010 he then moved to Dublin City University to start his PhD in the Adaptive Sensors Group of Prof. Dermot Diamond at the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR). The main topic of his doctoral research was the development chemo/bio-sensors into wearable microfluidic platforms for sports applications. In 2013 he then joined the ‘The Hamlyn Centre’ in Imperial College London. He is currently the recipient of a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF), awarded by the European Commission. His current research at BEL focuses on the development of three-dimensional cell cultures of kidney tissue into microfluidic platforms coupled with organic electrochemical transistors for on-line monitoring.

vincenzo.curto@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 95

 

  Christopher Proctor is a postdoctoral researcher and Whitaker International Scholar in the Department of Bioelectronics at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence. He received his B.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Physics from the University of Michigan (2008) and worked at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission before earning his Ph.D. in Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2015). His research has been recognized with awards from the Materials Research Society and fellowships from the Frenkel Foundation and the US National Science Foundation. During his doctoral studies, he worked on understanding loss mechanisms in organic solar cells. At BEL, he is developing implantable devices for in vivo neural recording/stimulation and localized drug delivery.

cmproctor@gmail.com   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 85

 

 iandolo Donata Iandolo is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne . Donata received her master’s degree in Industrial Biotechnologies at the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). She defended her PhD thesis in Industrial Biotechnologies in January 2010, having carried out a research project at the Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Naples, “Federico II”. As a postdoc she joined the Soft Matter Nanotechnology Group at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (CNR-NANO) (Lecce, Italy) in 2010. Between October 2013 and July 2016 she joined Prof. Magnus Berggren group in the Organic Electronics group at the Linköping University first as postdoctoral scholar and then as postdoctoral fellow. Starting September 2016, she joined Roisin Owens group, having been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship. Her research focus at BEL is the integration of conductive biomimetic three-dimensional scaffolds with human stem cells, to investigate their differentiation and develop implantable devices for complete bone defects filling.

donata.iandolo@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 77

 

Alexandra Rutz is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2011 (IL, USA). In 2016, she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA) where she engineered hydrogel bioinks for 3D printing tissues and organs. Now at BEL and supported by the Whitaker International Scholars Program, Alexandra is developing penetrating neural electrodes with improved in vivo biocompatibility and enhanced long-term function.

alexandra.rutz@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 81

 

Charalampos Pitsalidis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from University of Crete (Greece) and his M.Sc. in Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh, Greece). During his M.Sc. studies, he joined the Lab for Thin Films – Nanobiomaterials – Nanosystems & Nanometrology (LTFN) and he worked in thin film vacuum processing and X-Rays characterization. In 2013 he earned his Ph.D in Physics (Heracleitus II fellowship, NSRF) at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh, Greece) where he focused on the fabrication of solution-processed organic field-effect transistors. During his postdoctoral research, he worked in the field of organic light emitting diodes for wearable lighting applications and laser patterning for the fabrication of flexible electronic devices. He joined BEL in 2016 and his current research focuses on the development and characterization of conducting polymer scaffolds for in vitro toxicology studies.

c.pitsalidis@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 74

 

Ana Sanchez is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She earned her BS in Chemistry and her MS in Nanoscience from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). She spent one academic year at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In December of 2014 she got her PhD from Material Physics Center (CSIC – UPV/EHU) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) under the supervision of Prof. José A. Pomposo. During the mentioned PhD, she spent 3 months in the Department of School of Chemistry at Newcastle University (UK). As a postdoc in 2015 she joined the Innovative Polymers Group at POLYMAT (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU) leaded by Prof. David Mecerreyes. Now at BEL and supported by the Basque Government Grant, Ana is focused on the synthesis and applications of innovative conductive bio-polymeric materials.

ana.sanchez@emse.fr   –   +33 (0) 4 42 61 66 38

 

Graduate students

  Ilke Uguz is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. Ilke received his electrical  engineering degree from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey with a major on power electronics. Upon graduation he joined the international Master course Nanobiophysics at TU Dresden, Germany. In October, 2010. He completed his master thesis developing systems for magnetic resonance imaging of biological assays. His current focus is in vivo long term recordings with electrochemical transistors and in vivo ion pumps for chemical stimulation.

ilke.uguz@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 88 69

 

   Eloïse Bihar received her engineering degree from Grenoble INP-Pagora in 2010. She is specialized in printing and biomaterials. Since 2011, she has been a research engineer in the flexible electronics department at the Centre of Microelectronics in Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne working on the development of inkjet processes for microelectronics applications. She is currently a PhD student in the department of bioelectronics (BEL) funded by a CIFRE fellowship with Microvitae.  Her current research focuses on the fabrication of printed electrodes for medical devices using biocompatible substrates and conducting polymers.

bihar@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 88

 

  Marcel Brändlein is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, where he is participating in the Marie Curie European project “ORGBIO”. He is doing a joint (cotutelle) PhD between BEL and the Institute for Nanoelectronics at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Munich, Germany, another partner in the “ORGBIO” project. Marcel obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in physics at TUM in 2011 working on ballistic transport in two dimensional electron systems over quantum point contacts. During his Master’s studies he spent one year abroad at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris where he completed an internship at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) at CEA Saclay working on geometrically frustrated magnetic systems. In his final year of the Master’s studies, he conducted his efforts towards the simulation of electrolyte gated organic thin film transistors for which he obtained the Master of Science (M.Sc.) from TUM in 2014. His doctoral research activities at BEL focus on the development of reference based circuits using organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing applications.

marcel.braendlein@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 89

 

  Anna-Maria Pappa is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, where she has a Marie Curie fellowship with the European project “ORGBIO”. She obtained her Diploma in Chemical Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece in 2011, working on polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. During her 2-year Master’s studies she focused on the fabrication and characterization of multifunctional tissue engineering scaffolds for drug delivery and obtained her Master of Science (M.Sc.) from AUTh in 2014. Her research activities at BEL include the development of biosensing strategies using Organic Electrochemical Transistors for healthcare monitoring.

anna-maria.pappa@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 80

 

 

Shahab Rezaei Mazinani is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. Shahab received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computer Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology of Tehran with the focus on electrical and software engineering and artificial intelligence. He started his Master studies (M.Sc.) in Systems Design at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria. He passed his specialization semester of Master in Medical Informatics at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of University of Amsterdam, where he was also intern at the Heart Failure Research Center. Shahab did his Master thesis at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of the Medical University of Vienna in cardiovascular engineering, where he worked on the modeling of the interfluence of right ventricular performance on the assisted circulation. His doctoral thesis focuses on the development of organic optoelectronic system interfacing and biological environment.

shahab.rezaei@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 69

 

  Mohammed ElMahmoudy is pursuing his PhD in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He obtained his BSc in Systems & Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University in 2009. Then he worked for Philips HealthCare as biomedical engineer. In 2014, he received his MSc in Nanoscale Engineering, a joint program between Ecole Centrale de Lyon, INSA de Lyon, and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. The scope of his PhD is focused on micro/nano-structured conducting polymers electronic devices for neuroscience applications.

mohammed.elmahmoudy@emse.fr   –   +33 (0) 4 42 61 68 86

 

  Jolien Pas is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. Jolien received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She continued with a Master of Science in Eindhoven within the group of ‘Supramolecular Medicine and Biomaterials’ under supervision of prof. E.W. Meijer. She worked on the biofunctionalization of the conducting polymer PEDOT:Tos and studied the culture of PC12 cells to use a model system for neuronal differentiation. During her PhD, she is investigating the use of bioresorbable materials to minimize brain damage of neural depth probes and is studying the growth of primary cortical cell cultures for electrophysiological in vitro recordings.

jolien.pas@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 83

 

  Magali Ferro is a PhD Student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Center Microelectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etiennes. She received an engineering diploma from Ecole Nationale Agronomique de Toulouse after a year of specialization at AgroParisTech in Biotechnology. She completed her background with a year of Master2 in Neurobiology at University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC in Paris). During her studies, she had internships in a several fields of biotechnologies. The first one was in the Biorefining Research Institute (in Canada) where she worked on the utilization of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of biomolecules. The second one was at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) where she studied physiology of skin stem cells for tissue regeneration. The last one was in BEL where she worked on Biosensors. Her current work is focused on the development of a 3D human tissue model with conducting polymer integrated for continuous monitoring during toxicology assays.

magali.ferro@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 82

 

  Aimie Pavia received her engineering degree from IFMA (French Institute for Advanced Mechanics) in 2015 with a major in structure and mechanics of material. She is a research engineer in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienne, prototyping an innovative organic device for in vitro toxicology within the european project IONOSENSE ERC POC.

aimie.pavia@emse.fr

 

  Isabel del Agua is a PhD Student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Center Microelectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etiennes as well as in the Department of Polymer Materials (POLYMAT) at the University of the Basque Country in Spain under the supervision of Prof. Mecerreyes. Isabel obtained her BSc of Chemistry from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 2011. During her BSc, she studied two years at Ghent University (Belgium) as part of the Erasmus programme. She received her international MSc in Environmental Technology and Engineering in 2013 from three European universities (UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands, ICTP-Prague in Czech Republic, and Ghent University in Belgium). She performed her MSc thesis research at Cornell University (NY-USA). During her PhD, she works on the synthesis and applications of biocompatible polymeric electronically active materials.

isabel.delagua@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 84

 

 

Gerwin Dijk obtained his MsC in Applied Physics from the Technical University Eindhoven in 2012. His master thesis was carried out in the field of optics where he developed a set up to create and characterize arbitrary intensity patterns of a laser by phase modulation of the light. Until 2014 he worked for ASML, a world leading manufacturer of photolithography systems used for volume production of microelectronic chips. He worked on the development of an extreme UV laser which is used for the photolithographic process. He joined BEL in 2016 and his research focuses on the development of organic electrochemical transistors and electrodes using biocompatible polymeric materials for in vivo recording. His work is carried out in collaboration with the Polymer Materials (POLYMAT) department at the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

gerwin.dijk@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 75

 

Project Manager

 

  Viviana Fascianella has received a BD in Foreign Languages for Web Technologies at University of Palermo (Italy) in 2008. From 2009 until 2011 she has been working as a collector for the Italian market at Hertz, rent a car company, in Dublin (Ireland). In 2012 she has been promoted as accountant in the fleet department, collaborating also with their project team. In 2014 she joined the food and drinks company “Innocent drinks” in London, working as customer accountant.Since March 2016 she’s working as Project Manager for OrgBio in the Department of Bioelectronics at the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne, France.

viviana.fascianella@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 72

 

Visitors

Loig Kergoat

loig.kergoat@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 73

 

Carol Chan

 carol-cruiser.chan@isorg.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 73

 

Helena Gleskova

helena.gleskova@strath.ac.uk   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 38