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Planning IUCRC: Center for Biological Applications of Solid-State Systems (C-BASS)

The Center on Biological Applications of Solid-State Systems (C-BASS) seeks to transform both the biotechnology and semiconductor sectors by forging new connections between these two largely disjoint ecosystems and by training a generation of scientists and engineers well versed in both fields. The Center proposes a comprehensive research program designed to expand and train the workforce required to implement this vision, while creating new technologies. This planning meeting will bring together a range of stakeholders including educational institutions, large and small companies, manufacturing partners, and venture capitalists who will decide on key research areas as potential members of the Center.

Date & Time

Monday, April 18 & Tuesday, April 19, 2022


Rein Ulijn, Advanced Science Research Center
Ken Shepard, Columbia University
Donhee Ham, Harvard University

Event Sponsorship

This planning event is sponsored by NSF.


All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (ET).

9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Participant Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:45 a.m.

Director’s Overview

Kenneth Shepard (Center Director), Lau Family Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University 

Rein Ulijn (Site Director), Director of the Nanoscience Initiative, Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York

Donhee Ham (Site Director), Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, Harvard University 

10:45 a.m. NSF IUCRC Presentation
IUCRC Program Director and Evaluator
11:15 a.m. FOCUS AREA 1: Biomolecular and chemical sensing. In this focus area, we describe projects associated with new technologies for biomolecular and chemical sensing.
11:30 a.m. Melanin mimics as sensors and bioelectronic interfaces
Salma KassemASRC CUNY
11:45 a.m. Implantable sensors
Pooja GaikwadASRC CUNY
12:00 p.m. Nanoprobes for intracellular sensing
Rui JiaQueens College CUNY
12:15 p.m. Supramolecular materials for catalysis and medicine
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. FOCUS AREA 2: Electrophysiological interfaces. In this focus area, we describe projects assoicated with building next-generational electrophysiologic interfaces to the nervous system.
Donhee HamHarvard University
1:30 p.m. Rapid medical device prototyping at the ASRC
Marom BiksonCCNY CUNY
1:45 p.m. Subdural wireless multielectrode arrays
Nanyu ZengColumbia University
2:00 p.m. CMOS platform for intracellular interface with mammalian neuronal networks
Jun WangHarvard University
2:15 p.m. Deciphering the complexity of brain communication using MEA and synthetic nanofibers
Hiye Jin ParkASRC CUNY
2:30 p.m. FOCUS AREA 3: Optical and acoustic sensing technologies. In this focus area, we will describe project ideas around imaging devices which exploit both ultrasound and light.
Ken Shepard, Columbia University
2:45 p.m. Implantable optical imaging
Eric PollmannColumbia University
3:00 p.m. Nanophotonics for enhanced imaging and sensing
Michele CotrufoASRC CUNY
3:15 p.m. Wearable and implantable ultrasound arrays
Shiva LetchumananColumbia University
3:30 p.m. Wearable diffuse optical tomography
Kevin RenehanColumbia University
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. INDUSTRY WORKSHOP: Five-minute introductions from industrial participants followed by panel discussion.
Moderator: Ken Shepard, Columbia University
6:00 p.m. NSF Close Session with Industry
6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner
7:30 p.m. Day 1 Ends
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Feedback
11:00 a.m. Keynote Address for C-Bass and CAT Program
Ted Letavic, CTO, Global Foundries
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Event Ends