“Interfacing electronics with life sciences”
Bioelectronics deals with the coupling of the worlds of electronics and biology, and this coupling can go both ways. The natural ability for “recognition” in the biological world, such as between two complimentary DNA strands, can be combined with the awesome power of microelectronics to process signals to build powerful new biosensors. At the same time, electronic devices can help “guide” biological events, for example cell growth, thereby creating new tools for biomedical research. This cross-fertilization between the two disciplines improves our understanding of life processes and forms the basis for advanced disease detection and treatment. Tools generated in this arena, such as medical diagnostics and brain implants, will dominate the future of healthcare and help increase the span and quality of our lives. They will also play a dominant role in modernizing agriculture and in protecting animal health, our food supply, and the environment.
Key to these new technologies is a fundamental understanding of the interface between electronic materials and biology. Organic electronics – an emerging technology that relies on carbon-based semiconductors and promises to deliver devices with unique properties – seems to be ideally suited for the interface with biology. The “soft” nature of organic materials offers better mechanical compatibility with tissue than traditional electronic materials, while their natural compatibility with mechanically flexible substrates suits the non-planar form factors often required for biomedical implants. More importantly, their ability to conduct ions in addition to electrons and holes opens up a new communication channel with biology. Our Department combines expertise in organic electronics and biology. Our research aims to elucidate the fundamentals of the electronic materials/biology interface and to launch new bioelectronic technologies.
On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I welcome you to our Department’s webpage and hope that you will enjoy your visit.
Rodney O’Connor, Ph.D.
Head Department of Bioelectronics
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On integrating biology and engineering (in French).
Video: Our laboratory on TV3 for an award from the French Foundation for Epilepsy Research (in French).
The Wall Street Journal highlights our research on neural interfaces.
Video: Our laboratory on TV3 for the development of new probes for electrophysiology (in French).
Video: Learn about our OECT sensors in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.
Congratulations to Dr. Magali Ferro for defending her PhD thesis. (Oct 2018)
Welcome to Dr. Janja Dermol, joining BEL as visiting scientist for 12 weeks from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Oct 2018)
Welcome to PhD student Willians Vieira from Brazil for joining BEL as a Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) international fellow. (Oct 2018)
Congratulations to postdoc Hermanus “Ian” Ruigrok for receiving a prize for best PhD thesis at IMS, University of Bordeaux (Sept 2018)
Congratulations to new faculty member David Moreau for joining BEL as an Assistant Professor (Maître–assistant) in Bioelectronics (Sept 2018)
Congratulations to Gerwin Dijk for winning 1st prize in the PhD student poster competition at BioEM 2018 in Portoroz, Slovenia.(Jul 2018)
Congratulations to Dr. Esma Ismailova for receiving her habilitation (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches).(May 2018)
Congratulations to Adel Hama who has accepted a Research Specialist position at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (April 2018)
Welcome to Hubert Miraglia, joining as PhD student on the development of smart electroactive textile systems for healthcare applications (Feb 2018)
Welcome to Dr. Hermanus “Ian” Ruigrok, joining BEL as a postdoctoral fellow (Jan 2018)