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BEL2017

Department of Bioelectronics 06/2017

Faculty and Staff

Mary Donahue is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microèlectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Mines de Saint Étienne (EMSE). 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 Neuroengineering applications.

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

 

 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 Associate 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 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 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) from the University of Limoges in 2016. His 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 40 publications with an h-index of 17, according to Google scholar (09/2018).

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

 

Denise O’Connor 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. She obtained a B.A. in Liberal Science and B.Ed. in Education at Laurentian University, Canada. Thereafter, she pursued postgraduate training as a research technician in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, the Sanger Institute, and with Charles River Laboratories based at HHMI Janelia Research Campus, VA, USA. In 2012 she gained industrial experience at AREVA Med/ARCoLab, as research exploitation engineer in the development of new cancer therapeutics with Roche-Glycart. Thereafter, she joined the BioEPIX laboratory at the XLIM Research Institute as Research Engineer and joined BEL in 2017 to develop and apply techniques for 3D tumor organoids and device implantation.

denise.oconnor@emse.fr

Postdocs

  Hermanus Ruigrok is a postdoctoral researcher 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 received his B.Sc. in biology from the Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble (UJF, France) and his M.Sc. in cellular and molecular biology from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE, France). He received his PhD in 2017 from the Bordeaux University (France) where he studied the cellular and molecular effects of environmental radiofrequency electromagnetic fields in real time. In Jan 2018, he joined BEL where he works on the development of bioelectronic devices for innovative cancer therapeutics employing organic materials manipulating cell behavior using pulsed electric fields.

hermanus.ruigrok@emse.fr   –   +33 (0)4 42 61 66 37

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

 

Willians Vieira 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 graduated as a physiotherapist at the UNIFAFIBE University Center (Sao Paulo, Brazil) (2010), where he specialized in Orthopaedics and Trauma Disorders at the Medical Science Faculty of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas – Brazil). He has a MSc. in Electrical Engineering focused in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering,  in the area of Electronics, Microelectronics, and Optoelectronics, from the Department of Semiconductors, Instruments, and Photonics by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computation at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas – Brazil) (2014). He is currently a recipient of a Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) international fellowship held with the Laboratory for Pain Studies (LED), where he is supervised by Professor Carlos Amilcar Parada (Ph.D.) in the Department of Structural and Functional Biology, Institute of Biology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas – Brazil).

willians.vierira@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

Visitors

Khelil Bensalah is a Neuroscience Masters student from Aix-Marseille University working at BEL on the design and fabrication of OECTs.

khelil.bensalah@emse.fr

 

 

Dr. Janja Dermol Janja Dermol-Černe is a visiting postdoctoral scientist from the Laboratory of Biocybernetics of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is an electrical engineer with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Janja is at BEL working on experimental and numerical evaluation of biomedical devices for electrostimulation and electroporation of excitable cells.

janja.dermol@emse.fr

 

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Rod O'Connor, BEL, CMP, EMSE, France