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2014 Point of Care Platform Session

Invited Presentation

Hadar Ben-Yoav, Ph.D.

University of Maryland


Electrochemical Biosensor for Clozapine Antipsychotic Treatment Monitoring – A Step Towards Micro-Systems for Point-of-Care Monitoring in Mental Health

Hadar Ben-Yoav is a post doctoral fellow at the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab (MSAL) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Maryland (UMD). Hadar’s research interests are in basic research of Micro and Nano systems incorporating engineering sciences with life sciences for health care, medical and environmental applications. Hadar received his B.Sc. degree (2004) in Physics and Biology, M.Sc. (2006) in Biotechnology and Ph.D. degree (2010) in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

Dr. Ben-Yoav’s research interests are in addressing fundamental scientific challenges related to the integration of biomaterials, micro-systems technology and biological systems. His ultimate goal is to explore and develop the next generation of functional bio-chemical analytical micro- and nano-devices for unconventional biological environments to investigate scientific questions in basic research, diagnostics and therapeutics with the aim of identifying, monitoring, and treating neurological diseases. During his M.Sc. degree, he studied the antimicrobial activity of silver-glucose oxidase hybrid on microbial biofilms. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on development of electrochemical low profile whole-cell biochips. He joined MSAL in April 2011 and is primarily involved in the fundamental investigation, design, system-level integration and development of novel portable micro-devices in the research area of Mental Health Treatment Analysis.

Dr. Ben-Yoav has published over 21 peer-reviewed journal papers and a book chapter, presented over 30 posters and lectures, and been awarded a US patent. He has reviewed for over 17 engineering and electrochemistry journals, and he is currently an active member at the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE).

Invited Presentation

Jikun Liu, Ph.D.

Food and Drug Administration


Developing new Point-of-Care Tests for Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Pathogens Using Nano-Micro Technologies

Jikun Liu is an ORISE research fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Virology (LMV) in the Center of Biological Research and Evaluation (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He completed his Ph.D. study (2006) in Analytical Chemistry at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA after finished his M.S. (2000) and B.S. (1997) education in Chemistry from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. Before joining FDA/CBER/LMV, he received a postdoctoral training at MEMS & Microfluidics Laboratory (MML) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park.

Dr. Jikun Liu authored and co-authored over 20 publications on peer-reviewed journals in the area of analytical separations, polymer surface modification, biosensing and lab-on-a-chip technology. His current research interests include development of low-cost point-of-care diagnostic platforms for rapid and sensitive detection of pathogens in various settings combining nanotechnology, polymer microfabrication and novel materials, and application of recently emerging highly sensitive biosensing techniques, nanomaterials and microarray-based technique to disease diagnosis and biomarker discovery.


Contributed talks:


Samantha Spindel

US Food and Drug Administration
Spatial and Spectral Multiplexing on a Planar Surface Fluorescent
Immunoassay using Quantum Dots


Pornpat Athamanolap

Johns Hopkins University
Automated Droplet-on-a-Chip Platform for Chlamydia Trachomatis DNA Detection


Emma Bigelow

Diagnostic Biochips, Inc.
MEMS Neural Probe with Aptamer-Based Sensing for In Vivo Molecular Detection