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Biosensors – Enjoying Research at the Crossroads of Engineering and the Science

November 25, 2014
2:30 pmto3:30 pm

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Dalhousie University, along with the The Signal Processing / Microwave Theory and Techniques Joint Chapter and Circuits and Systems / Solid State Circuits Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Biosensors – Enjoying Research at the Crossroads of Engineering and the Sciences
Speaker: Prof. Jamal Deen, McMaster University
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room C104 • Halifax • NS • Canada.
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.


Biosensors are increasingly used in environmental applications, especially for water quality monitoring or health diagnostics. In the case of water, the availability of safe drinking water is fundamental to our good health. In addition, waterborne illnesses are a significant public health problem. At the same time, current monitoring of microbiological contamination of water currently is time-consuming, laboratory based, and frequently compromises the timeliness of health advisory warnings even when contamination is found. Therefore, rapid detection of unsafe water can contribute greatly to mitigating the morbidity and mortality associated with waterborne diseases due to microbiological contaminants. Fortunately, the research community has shown increasing interest in the development of microtechnology-based sensors for the detection and identification of the bio-contaminants. These sensing systems use the same fabrication technology that has enabled the drastic lowering of cost, exponential increase in complexity of electronic chips and widespread availability of computing resources. In this presentation, we will discuss a low-cost, electrical, label-free microfabricated biosensor that we have been developing for pathogen detection related to water quality. The use of nano-dimensions devices to create futuristic nano-biosensors will be introduced. And we will also describe our ongoing work to create highly integrated and parallel detection systems by integrating the sensor, the processing electronics and the pre-processing stages on the same cheap substrate. Finally, the success of such a low-cost, highly integrated sensing system demands a convergence of expertise from various engineering disciplines, the physical and life sciences as well as public health.

About the Speaker:

Dr. M. Jamal Deen was born in Guyana, South America. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, U.S.A. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the design and modeling of a new CARS spectrometer for dynamic temperature measurements and combustion optimization in rocket and jet engines, and was sponsored and used by NASA, Cleveland, USA. He is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and holder of the Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, McMaster University. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes more than 495 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited), two textbooks on Silicon Photonics – Fundamentals and Devices, and Fiber Optic Communications – Fundamentals and Applications, 6 awarded patents that have been used in industry, and 12 best paper/poster awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards and honors.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Guyana, Dr. Deen was the top ranked mathematics and physics student and the second ranked student at the university, wining the Chancellor’s medal and the Irving Adler prize. As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society.  His awards and honors include the TD Callinan Award and the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society; the Distinguished Researcher Award, Province of Ontario; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; the McNaughton Gold Medal as well as the Fessenden Silver Medal from IEEE Canada. For his exceptional scholarly achievements and service contributions, and exemplary professionalism, he was awarded three honorary doctorates from University of Waterloo, Canada, Universidad de Granada, Spain and Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain. Dr. Deen’s peers have elected him Fellow in nine national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) – The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (the highest honor for scholars, academics and artists in Canada), The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), The American Physical Society (FAPS), and The Electrochemical Society (FECS). Most recently, he was elected as President, Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society of Canada.

Location Information:

Room C104 is located on the ground floor of the ‘C’ building of Sexton Campus. Enter through the doors off Queen Street for easiest access to this classroom location.

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