The research team is seeking new PhD students to develop new biomarker sensors for diagnostic applications. The students will conduct research at the Burnaby campus of SFU under the direct supervision of Dr. Adachi in the School of Engineering Science and will interact with academic collaborators in the Dept. of Physics and Kinesiology.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators that help determine if a person may have or be at risk of developing a disease. The goal of the proposed research program is to develop new sensing methods that can increase availability of biomarker testing in Canada. We are developing sensors that detect two types of biomarkers: proteins in solution (e.g. buffer solution or blood samples) and vapor (e.g. breath or sebum) using atomically thin materials called 2D materials. 2D materials have remarkable properties such as high carrier mobility, high surface-to-volume ratio, band-structure tunability, piezoelectricity, and flexibility that make them exciting candidates for portable/wearable sensors. The project involves microfabrication processes including mechanical exfoliation, photolithography, and thermal evaporation. Sensors may be functionalized using aptamers/anti-bodies that bind specifically to targeted biomarkers.
Research topics include detection of biomarker proteins for Alzheimer’s disease, investigation of new sensing techniques or device architectures, detection of volatile organic compound (VOC), or other topics of student interest.
- Experience with device fabrication equipment in a cleanroom environment (e.g. evaporation, lithography, etc.)
- Interest in diagnostic sensors for early detection of diseases
- Expertise with biosensors
- Expertise with electrical measurements
- Expertise with material characterization
- Demonstrated communication skills.
Semester: Fall, 2023