Siranush Babakhanova

Siranush  Babakhanova
Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Edward Boyden
Department: BE/UBIOME
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Ultra-Sensitive Nanoelectronic Transistor as a Biomimetic Reporter

abstract:One of the core challenges in Neuroscience is designing a tool to screen dynamically billions of neurons in an organism at the same time. This enables us to uncover how these cell ensembles give rise to memory, thoughts, behavior, and perception. We aim to design a device that reveals new horizons, previously not accessible through the use of conventional techniques such as optical sensors, electrodes, and MRIs. We design a small, intracellular device which senses the voltage alterations in short temporal intervals, dissipates minimal heat, and is compatible with soft biological structures. Further development will allow creating a congruent electrical interface with the brain for high-bandwidth data acquisition, neuron enhancement for combatting brain diseases, and cognitive augmentation.

"I envision SuperUROP being a great opportunity for me to apply my expertise in physics and cell & molecular biology while gaining skills in nanofabrication to work on a project which is tackling one of the most intriguing problems. I am also very excited to get immersed into 6.UAR lectures while being supervised, advised and taught by an amazing pleiade of scientists, designers, and thinkers. I hope that SuperUROP will allow me to make a tangible contribution to the field."