University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

LifeChips Research and Development at UC Irvine

LifeChips Research and Development at UC Irvine


Dr. G.P. Li

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), University of California, Irvine

When: Monday, November 23, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: ENGR2 138


Concurrent revolutions in biology, medicine, physical sciences and engineering at the micro and nano scale, accompanied by advances in instrumentation, are bringing these historically separate disciplines into convergence. This exciting trend has the potential to bring about dramatic and important changes to life science and micro/nanoelectronics technology: in the results of research, in the way that research is performed, and in the development of a new hybrid industry based on this convergence.

LifeChips is the study of nature’s 3 billion years of evolution ( technology of life), and development of micro- and nano-scale technologies, systems and devices that combines methods developed by life scientists and technologists to help solve fundamental problems in the life sciences and in engineering (technology for life). LifeChips represents a new research paradigm that has driven the need for collaborations among researchers from traditionally different backgrounds and cultures, namely life scientists (biologists, medical researchers) and technologists (physical scientists, engineers). It also represents the fusion of two major industries, the microelectronic chip industry with the life science industry.

UC Irvine is spearheading development in LifeChips on many fronts: initiating graduate training programs, developing design methodologies, defining new applications, promoting commercialization, creating research programs, and pursuing novel LifeChips manufacturing techniques. LifeChips research projects at UC Irvine provide excellent examples of potential new science discovery and engineering products, including implantable microdevices, minimally invasive devices, cell analysis chips, and biosensors. In addition to utilizing micro/nano chip technologies, each project and device has unique requirements for its design, manufacture and deployment. These requirements (and limitations) drive the need for advances in nano/micro fabrication and system-integration at manufacturing level, building the foundations for a new LifeChips industry. We will discuss several projects at UC Irvine to illustrate the flavor of LifeChips research.

About the Speaker:

G. P. Li is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, with appointments in: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering. He serves as Irvine Division Director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and Director of UCI’s Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility. He holds 6 US patents and has published over 240 research papers involving microelectronic semiconductor materials/devices/technologies, mixed signal digital/analog/microwave microelectronic circuit design, RF-MEMS communication systems, Bio-nano technology, and Bio-MEMS instrument for life sciences. His current research interests focus on “LifeChips”, which represent the convergence and fusion of two large, important industries: Life Sciences (including biotech and biomedical devices) and IT (including consumer, computing, and communication) microelectronics (chips).

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