Title: Solid-State and Biological Systems Interface
Place: École Polytechnique de Montréal
Date and time: Monday 14/01/2013 from 09:00 to 12:00

Solid-state electronic devices can be engineered to detect and manipulate biological molecules and cells via electric or magnetic interactions. The integrated circuits, which can contain a large number of such electronic devices, may then be developed into low-cost chip-scale platforms, which in direct interface with biological samples and living organisms can perform bioanalytical tasks in a multiplexed manner for applications in biology, biotechnology, and personalized medicine. In this talk, I will review some recent developments in this solid-state electronic and biological systems interface, including some of our own works. In particular, I will discuss both the interface using large-strength charge coupling and that utilizing low-noise spin coupling (both relaxometry and spectroscopy).

Donhee Ham is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and EE at Harvard University. Ham, from Busan, South Korea, earned a B.S. degree in physics from Seoul National University, South Korea, where he graduated summa cum laude with the Presidential Prize, ranked top 1st across the College of Natural Sciences, and also with the Physics Gold Medal (sole winner). Following a year and a half of mandatory service in the Republic of Korea Army, he went to Caltech for graduate training in physics. There he worked on general relativity and gravitational astrophysics under Professor Barry Barish while in physics, and later obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering winning the Charles Wilts Prize awarded for the best thesis in EE. His doctoral work examined the statistical physics of electrical circuits. He was the recipient of the IBM Doctoral Fellowship, Li Ming Scholarship, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, IBM Research Design Challenge Award, and the fellow of the Korea Foundation of Advanced Studies. He shared Harvard’s Hoopes prize with William Andress. He was recognized by MIT Technology Review as among the world’s top 35 young innovators in 2008 (TR35). Ham was a Harvard Yearbook favorite professor two years in a row (2011 and 2012), and was one of 8 Harvard Thinks Big speakers in 2012 (8 Harvard faculty chosen by college-wide votes). He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Solid-State Circuits Society. Ham’s work experiences include Caltech-MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), IBM T. J. Watson Research, Consulting Visiting Professorship at POSTECH, IEEE conference technical program committees including the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (ASSCC), advisory board for the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits & Systems (ISCAS). He served as a guest editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and was a co-editor of CMOS Biotechnology with Springer (2007). He is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.