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Faculty and Staff

Attila Kaszas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne. He received his M.Sc. in biochemistry from the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest,Hungary) and his PhD in Neuroscience in 2012 from the Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary). He has contributed to the development and commercialization of novel three-dimensional two-photon imaging methods during his PhD in collaboration with the industrial partner and microscope manufacturer Femtonics. By combining these methods with single-cell electrophysiology and glutamate photoactivation, he showed that synaptic integration of dendritic signals in GABAergic cells can be a supralinear process. After moving to Marseille, as the grantee of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale followed by a Marie Curie research fellowships, he used simultaneous two-photon imaging and electrophysiological recordings to study epilepsy and the visual cortex in mice. In collaboration with BEL researchers he has demonstrated the applications of novel transparent organic electrode devices. He joined BEL in 2019, where he works on two-photon imaging of infrared neuronal stimulation and the development of simultaneous two-photon imaging, electrophysiology and neuronal stimulation through transparent organic electrode arrays in vitro and in vivo.

attila.kaszas@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 37

Charles Rezaei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics (Bel) at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He did his Master’s degree in Systems Design jointly at Fachhochschule Kaernten (Austria) and the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the Bioelectronics department at EMSE, where he worked on the development of organic photodetectors for neuroscience applications. Thereafter, he carried out postdoctoral research at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology (CIRB) at the Collège de France. At CIRB he worked on developing algorithmic and machine learning approaches for analyzing in vivo 2-photon and micro-endoscopic imaging data, for the understanding of odor and place encoding in the mouse cortex.
His research is focused on using electronic and opto-electronic materials for designing and developing novel biocompatible optical and electronic devices for interfacing neural networks in the brain. This process includes design, characterization and fabrication of high-performance probes to acquire and analyze neural data. The ultimate objective is to apply such devices in neuroscience and to translational medicine in order to improve diagnostics and treatments in neurodegenerative diseases.

charles.rezaei@emse.fr   –  +33 (0) 4 42 61 68 87

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

David Moreau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence at Ecole National Superieur des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE). He obtained a BSc and MSc in physics, specialized in photonics and electronics at the University of Limoges, France. He obtained his Ph.D. at the XLIM Research Institute (UMR CNRS 7252) in Limoges, France in Biophysics working on infrared neural stimulation and its underlying mechanism. Now, he is focused on the development and fabrication of a new generation of implantable neural devices, combining the use of microelectronics to assess neural activity and flexible waveguides to deliver infrared light with the aim of simultaneously stimulating neural activity with better spatial resolution.

david.moreau@emse.fr –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 77

Rod O’Connor is Head of the Department of Bioelectronics at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence and Full Professor. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Laurentian University in Canada. His doctoral research was carried out at the University of Cambridge, where he received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences for his work investigating the influence of pulsed microwaves on neurons and 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 postdoctoral training in electrophysiology and optogenetics at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus, VA, Boston University and Woods Hole, MA, USA. Before moving to BEL, he held a Labex Chair in Bioengineering at the XLIM Research Institute (UMR CNRS 7252) in Limoges, where he applied 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) in 2016. His research at BEL centers on the application of organic electronic materials for interfacing with the brain, sensing and treating cancer – ‘Oncoelectronics’. His specific interest is in understanding the bioelectrical basis of disease and combining Bioelectronics, Bioelectrics and Neurophotonics approaches. He is an author of over 40 publications with an h-index of 20, according to Google scholar (12/2020).

rodney.oconnor@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 78   –   @neurophoton

Research Engineers

  Martin Baca is a Research and Development Engineer in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He completed a degree in electronics engineering at the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia in 2000. He gained industrial experience in software and hardware engineering for embedded systems working at various companies: Telegrafia s.r.o (Slovakia), and Meodat GmbH (Germany). Thereafter, he pursued his PhD in the Nano-bio-system research team at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany,  where he gained experience with multielectrode arrays for cell culture, microfluidics, biophotonics, and organic chemistry. Following this, he carried out postdoctoral studies in the Neuroengineering group of UMR INSERM 1106 at Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, where he was responsible for developing electronic interfaces for OECT sensors for electrophysiology. He leads development of Neuroelectronics projects in BEL and is responsible for instrumentation, laboratory safety and training.

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

Postdocs

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PhD Students

  Aimie Pavia is a PhD student in the department of Bioelectronics. She received her engineering degree from IFMA (French Institute for Advanced Mechanics) in 2015 with a major in structure and mechanics of material. She worked as research engineer in 2016 in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL), prototyping an innovative organic device for in vitro toxicology within the european project IONOSENSE ERC POC. In 2017 she started her PhD in collaboration with Panaxium.

aimie.pavia@emse.fr

 

Gerwin Dijk is a PhD student in the department of Bioelectronics. He obtained his MSc in Applied Physics from the Technical University Eindhoven with a major in optics. For 2 years he worked at ASML on the development of an extreme UV laser for photolithography.
He joined BEL in 2016 as a Research Engineer where he assisted the development of organic flexible electrodes for in vivo recordings. In 2017 he started his PhD in collaboration with Panaxium. The aim of his project is to develop implantable biomedical devices for the treatment of cancer. This involves the design and fabrication of flexible devices, electronic characterisation, in vitro and in vivo validation and ultimately pre-clinical testing.

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

Hubert Miraglia is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, where he previously received his engineering diploma (ICM) with majors in microelectronic design and bioelectronics (provided by BEL). Before his PhD, he spent a year in the Flexible Electronics Department as a research engineer working on the development of an EEG headset with new dry and soft electrodes for electrophysiology. His thesis focuses on the development of smart electroactive textile systems for healthcare applications.

hubert.miraglia@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 68 83

Seyedeh-Hajar Mousavi is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne. She received a BS in applied physics at the University of Urmia (Urmia, Iran) and a MS in Nanophysics at the University of Isfahan (Isfahan, Iran). During her past research, she worked on syntheses and characterization of metal nanoparticles for biomedical applications such as drug delivery systems and fluorescent biosensors. Her PhD at Mines focuses on the design and microfabrication of neural electrodes for recording epileptic high frequency oscillations.

seyedeh.mousavi@emse.fr

Marie Lefevre is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne. Marie completed her engineering degree at CPE Lyon in chemistry and process engineering in September 2017 with specialization in Life sciences and Biotechnology. Her PhD is focused on the development and application of organic electronic microelectrode arrays for the electrophysiological detection of cancer.

marie.lefevre@emse.fr

Rémy Cornuéjols is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne. He is passionate about medical technologies and biological discoveries. He has an engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale Marseille (ECM) and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His M.Sc. thesis regarding “Automatic Segmentation and Clustering of Sleep” was based on signal processing applied to Biomedical Signal. His passion in the biomedical field has led him to continue as a PhD student in the Bioelectronics department (BEL) of the Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne (EMSE), under the supervision of Charles Rezaei and Christophe Bernard. The goal of his PhD project is to create a novel implantable “Neuroctopus”, a multimodal and multi-branch neurotech device able to simultaneously stimulate and record on different branches. The data recorded will then be studied using advanced data analysis methods.

remy.cornuejols@emse.fr

 Marina Galliani is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne.

marina.galliani@emse.fr

Romanos Poulkouras is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne.

romanos.poulkouras@emse.fr

Rita Matta is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre de Microélectronique de Provence of the the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne.

rita.matta@emse.fr

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