Biochips

The Levine Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo pursues research at the intersection of biotechnology and semiconductors. Our work leverages the one trillion dollar semiconductor manufacturing industry to develop complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) biochips that translate the chemical world of biology to the digital world. By combining standard CMOS chips, containing custom analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits, with novel or non-traditional structures, materials, and devices, we are developing biochips for a wide range of life-science and bio-diagnostic applications. The Levine Group is also affiliated with the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) and the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

Graduate Student Positions Available Starting Fall 2019

We are seeking talented and highly-motivated M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. students for Fall 2019 who are interested in CMOS analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits for biosensing and imaging. Candidates should have previous academic and/or industry experience in microelectronic circuit design. Candidates should contact Prof. Levine by email with an up-to-date resume and transcript.

News (October 2018): Paper accepted to IEDM.

Our work on CMOS/amorphous-selenium single-photon-counting X-ray imagers has been accepted to the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) to be held December 1-5, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. Congratulations to Ahmet, Abdallah, and Reza!

News (April 2018): Levine Group member receives best poster award.

M.A.Sc. student Jesse Schmidt won 1st place in the 2018 IEEE Student Poster Competition (SPC) for his poster entitled "Bioimpedance Sensor Array in CMOS Technology". This year's SPC was held on March 29 at the University of Guelph and was co-sponsored by IEEE Canada (Kitchener-Waterloo Section) and the University of Guelph's IEEE Student Branch. Congratulations Jesse!

News (October 2016): Levine Group members receive best paper award.

Our work on CMOS sensor arrays for impedance spectroscopy won the Myril B. Reed Best Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE 58th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS). Congratulations team!

News (October 2016): Levine Group members receive national design award again!

Our work on CMOS/amorphous-selenium visible-light imagers has won the Teledyne DALSA Componentware/CAD Award at the 2016 CMC TEXPO Research Competition held in Montreal, Quebec. Congratulations to graduate student Yunzhe (Hummer) Li! This work was carried out in collaboration with Prof. Karim S. Karim.

News (October 2015): Paper accepted to IEDM.

Our work on high-resolution CMOS/amorphous-selenium X-ray imagers has been accepted to the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) to be held December 7-9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Congratulations again to current graduate students Chris Scott and Abdallah El-Falou and former graduate student Alireza Parsafar!

News (October 2014): Levine Group members receive national design award.

Our work on high-resolution CMOS/amorphous-selenium X-ray imagers has won the Teledyne DALSA Componentware/CAD Award at the 2014 CMC TEXPO Research Competition held on October 6-7 in Gatineau, Quebec. Congratulations to graduate students Alireza Parsafar, Abdallah El-Falou, and Chris Scott! This work was carried out in collaboration with Prof. Karim S. Karim.

News (February 2014): Nature Communications article published.

Our work on CMOS-integrated electrochemical sensors for detecting redox-active metabolites in biofilms has been published in Nature Communications. See our Publications for more information.