Prof. Nicole McFarlane: Technologies for Biosensing Applications


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Title: Technologies for Biosensing Applications


Wearable and portable health sensor systems have been widely sought as a means to provide long term minimally invasive, portable, and low cost sensing solutions. These systems have applications in both assessing human health and in identifying threats present in the environment. Key challenges in developing these types of systems include sensor metrics such as sensitivity and specificity to an analyte along with sensor robustness and ease of fabrication. In addition, size, weight, power, and cost can impede adoption of any technology particularly when implemented in low resource environments. In this presentation we will discuss our efforts to develop multimodal sensors that take advantage of commercial foundry capabilities,   mixed signal design approaches, and novel devices (biological and non-biological) to address these criteria.  Specifically, we explore low power sensors based on electrochemical, impedance, temperature, pH, and light measurements  integrated with secure hardware encryption, power management, wireless transmission, and microprocessors for signal processing.  


Nicole McFarlane is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and currently serves as the TCE Advance Professor (2020, 2021, 2022 academic years) at the University of Tennessee. She earned her undergraduate and Master’s degree at Howard University and her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. She runs the Microbioelectronics lab at UTK where she combines advanced microfabrication techniques with CMOS readout to enable the development of low cost sensing systems. The core topics of her research are developing electrochemical sensing systems, new electrodes for cell based sensing, CMOS based neutron detection, lab-on-chip cell based sensing, multi-modal sensing, energy and power tradeoffs, and hardware and biosensor security. She has served on various conference  organizing committees, is a member of the Circuits and Systems Biomedical and Life Science Circuits and Systems and the Sensory Systems Technical Committees, is an Associate Editor for IEEE TBioCAS and Associate Editor in Chief for Digital Communications for IEEE OJCAS, and is currently in the 2nd year of her second term on the IEEE CASS Board of Governors. 

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  • Date: 10 Jun 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Oak Ridge , Tennessee
  • United States



- Presentation: 45-50 min

- Q&A: 15-10 min