People

Department photo in June 2013

Permanent Staff

Esma Ismailova

Esma Ismailova is a Research Engineer in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She received a BSc in Physics from the National University of Uzbekistan. She then obtained a Master’s Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Strasbourg 1. She completed her PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Physics at Strasbourg University within a CIFRE fellowship with ST Microelectronics. During this period, she worked on lithographic processes for semiconductor technologies with feature lengths less than 90 nm and on the development of new hyperbranched photoresists. In 2009 she joined the Laboratory for Organic Electronics at Cornell University as a postdoctoral researcher, where she worked on understanding of the interface between biological systems and electronic materials. She then joined BEL as a postdoc in 2010, working on neural implants. Her current research in BEL focuses on the design of new organic electronic devices for biosensing and on the development of implantable probes for multi-parameter sensing.

Email: ismailova@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 66 46

George Malliaras

Professor George Malliaras is the Head of the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He received a BS in Physics from the Aristotle University (Greece) in 1991, and a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, cum laude, from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1995. After a two year postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center (California), he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University (New York). From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility. He joined the Centre Microélectronique de Provence in the Fall of 2009. His research on organic electronics and bioelectronics has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences, the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont. He is a co-author of 200+ publications in peer-reviewed journals that have received over 11,000 citations. His h-index is 59 (google scholar, 8/14). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Email: malliaras@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 66 44

Róisín Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She received her BA in Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Southampton University in the U.K. She completed a 4 year postdoctoral fellowship with Professor David Russell in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University, studying lipid metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This was followed by a 1.5 year appointment at Agave BioSystems, a small biotechnology company in Ithaca, New York. There, Dr. Owens was involved in developing immunological and biochemical methods for the detection of cancers and pathogenic organisms. A newfound interest in coupling biological systems with engineering led her back to Cornell University but this time in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where she worked as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Moonsoo Jin, to engineer proteins for rhinovirus therapeutics, as well as the development of nanoparticles for in vivo targeting. She has a wide range of expertise in the areas of protein and lipid biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and immunology. She has received several awards including the European Research Council starting grant, a Marie Curie reintegration fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship.

Email: owens@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 66 45

Sébastien Sanaur

Sébastien Sanaur is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He received his MSc degree in Condensed Matter : Chemistry and Organization from Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), France in 2000, and his PhD in Chemistry and Physics of Polymers from the same University in 2003. His project was funded by the Office National des Etudes et des Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) in Palaiseau, France. Subsequently, he joined the Packaging and Flexible Electronics Department at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence. He then completed a post-doctoral research stay at Columbia University (NY, USA), at the Nanoscience Center and the Department of Chemistry, focusing on the realization of printed organic transistors. He joined BEL in 2010. His research interests include the physics and engineering of transistors based on pi-conjugated polymers and small molecules for printed electronics and bioelectronics.

Email: sanaur@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 67 48

Michel Fiocchi

Michel Fiocchi is a senior research engineer who is assigned at 50% of his time at the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He receive his Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers with a major in automation and electronics and his DEA (old name of Msc) in Mathematics and Artificial intelligence from the Université de Provence. He begun his career as an engineer, first in an electronic company, then at a start-up of the offshore market to develop embedded instrumentation and autonomous robots. He participated as entrepreneur in the creation of a start-up in the field of the medical instrumentation at home at the end of the 80’s. He joined the Advance Materials Mechanical Characterization Laboratory (Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieur de Marseille) in 1991 and became its Head. He worked in the biomechanical instrumentation field. He has been associated with the deployment of the Centre Microélectronique de Provenceand more particularly on the academic part since 2002. Michel Fiocchi teaches electronics, digital signal processing and embed system design for almost 25 years. He handles the major “biomedical devices” carried by the department today and accompanies the team by his skill in instrumentation. During the other 50% of his time he serves as Entrepreneurship Director. He leads the small companies incubator and provides the expertise, support, and connections needed for students and researchers to become effective entrepreneurs.

Email: fiocchi@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 66 14

Research Engineer

Adel Hama

Adel Hama received a higher vocational training certificate (BTS) in Bioanalysis and Controls in 2006. He then received a Bachelor of Sciences in Life Technology with specialisation in Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in 2010. He then completed an engineering internship in Dublin, on enhancing product quantity by controlling the specific growth rate of Pichia pastoris expressing human serum albumin. He is currently an R&D Engineer in the Department of BioElectronics (BEL). His work involves keeping the biology laboratory organized : Cells cultures, molecular biology and the maintenance of equipment. He tests the biocompatibility between cells and electrical materials on several different device types. He is interested in new applications of the Biology/Electronics interface.

Email: hama@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 79

Project Manager

Liza Klots

Liza Klots is a project manager at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She received her BA in Economics from Scripps College in 2004. She then joined Kaiser Permanente, a leading healthcare company in the U.S, where she worked as a consultant focusing on membership growth for its insurance sector and personnel utilization strategies for its hospitals. She is currently focusing on the Crack-it NephroTube challenge which is aimed at developing a multi-compartmental, microfluidic tissue assay that models kidney function.

Email: liza.klots@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 88 82

Postdoctoral Researchers

Marc Ramuz

Marc Ramuz is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He is an engineer from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) of Rennes, speciality in Materials and Nanotechnology. After a MSc in science and technology, speciality physics and interface from the University of Rennes, he undertook a PhD in the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) in Zürich/Basel in link with the Institut de Microtechnique (IMT) of Neuchâtel. His work was focused on the integration of OLEDs and OPDs onto single mode waveguide : towards biosensors applications. Then he joined Zhenan Bao group in Stanford for two years postdoctoral where he worked on an optical stretchable pressure sensor and an “all carbon solar cell”. He is interested in the integration of organic electronic devices for sensing applications ; and the interaction between electronic and biology. His current research focuses on the development of organic electronic chemical transistors for application as sensors for pathogen detection.

Email: ramuz@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 93

Jonathan Rivnay

Jonathan Rivnay is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He received his BSc in Materials Science and Engineering in 2006, from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). He then joined the Materials Science department at Stanford University (Stanford, CA), where he completed his PhD in 2011. His work at Stanford focused on understanding the effect of order and defects on charge transport in organic semiconductors. He is currently the recipient of a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF), awarded by the European Commission. His interests are in interfacing organic electronic sensing and release devices with neurons and neural networks.

Email: rivnay@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 94

Miriam Huerta is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She received her BSc in Biology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Research and Advanced Studies Center of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav-IPN), Mexico. Her past work focused on the study of the nuclear and the tight junction (TJ) roles of the protein zonula occludens 2 (ZO-2) in a kidney epithelial model. She is interested in the biology of the epithelia and in organic electronic sensors. Her current research at BEL focuses on the development of three-dimensional cell cultures and on an in vitro blood-brain barrier model coupled to an organic transistor to detect pathogens and toxins.

Email: miriam.huerta@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 83

Dr. Margaret Brennan completed a PhD in the field of Nanomaterial Nonlinear Optics at the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin in 2002. On returning from a visiting fellowship at the National Laser Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra, Margaret lectured and established an interdisciplinary research team at the National University of Ireland Galway working on nanostructure plasmonics for applications in biomedical diagnostics and printed electronics. In 2010 Margaret was appointed as a lecturer at the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University.In 2012 Margaret took the position of Chief Technology Officer at PixinBio SAS a spin out company from the Fresnel Institute Marseille in France developing all electronic diagnostic devices. Margaret is also a founder of an Irish start-up company launched in 2011 marketing nanoplate the diagnostic sensors and electronic inks. Margaret has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Department of Bioelectronics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St. Etienne where she leads the novel integration of nanophotonics and bioelectronic fields.

Email: brennan@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 67 38

Sahika Inal is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. She received her BSc degree in Textile Engineering in 2007 from Istanbul Technical University and her MSc in Polymer Science from the joint Master Program of the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam. She completed her master thesis at the University of Potsdam (in the group of Soft Matter Physics), focusing on the relationship between the photophysical processes and the device performance of organic solar cells. In the research same group, she completed her PhD work in 2013. She worked on the development of platforms based on smart polymers and conjugated polyelectrolytes for easy diagnostics of pathogens with a fluorescence signal. Her current work in BEL is on organic electronic ion pumps. Her research interests cover organic materials for sensing and actuating purposes.

Email: sahika.inal@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 74

Mary Donahue

Mary Donahue is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microèlectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Mines de Saint Étienne. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from Texas Tech University, where she also completed her MS in Electrical Engineering in cooperation with the Digital Light Processing group of Texas Instruments. In 2006 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work in the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnology (ZMN) at the Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany). Following this scholarship period she continued her PhD research at the ZMN focusing on optimization of III-Nitride based sensors in order to stabilize measurement conditions in liquids and biological media; ultimately for blood gas measurements including pH and nitric oxide. She joined BEL in 2014 and her current research interests include implantable organic sensors and the functionalization of organic transistors for in vitro and in vivo biosensing applications.

Email: mary.donahue@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 74

Graduate Students

Manuelle Bongo

Manuelle Bongo received in 2008 a Licence degree in Biology from Burgundy University, and subsequently completed a Masters degree in biology and health. She is currently a phD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. Her research focuses on the development of an in vitro blood-brain barrier model. She is interested in biology.

Email: bongo@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 86

Xenofon Strakosas

Xenofon Strakosas received his BS degree in Physics in 2008, and his Master’s degree in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies in 2011, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He is interested in organic electrochemical transistors and their functionalization with various biorecognition elements for use as biosensors.

Email: strakosas@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 92

Marc Ferro

Marc Ferro is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. His PhD is supported by a fellowship from Orthogonal Inc. based in Ithaca NY. Marc received his Engineering degree with honors in 2011 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne with a major in microelectronics and computer science (ISMIN). His research in BEL focuses on the applications of orthogonal lithography in bioelectronics.

Email: ferro@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 78

Dimitrios Koutsouras

Dimitris Koutsouras is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He received his degree in Physics in 2002 and his Master’s degree in Materials Physics and Technology in 2004, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has also received a second BS degree from the school of Pharmacy from the same university in 2013. His research involves the development of electrode and transistor arrays for interfacing with neurons. His PhD is financed through the Marie Curie European project “OLIMPIA” whichaims to combine the worlds of organics optoelectronics and of neurosciencesin the multidisciplinary field of “Neuro-Organic-Optoelectronics”.

Email: dimitrios.koutsouras@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 81

Bartlomiej Kolodziejczyk is doing joint (cotutelle) PhD between the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and later Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rzeszow University of Technology in Poland. After work at Danfoss Solar Inverters A/S in Sonderborg, Denmark, being interested in renewable energy, he started next Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Renewable Energy Science in Akureyri, Iceland. The degree was awarded jointly by University of Iceland and University of Akureyri with first class honours in 2011. His doctoral research involves understanding processes responsible for formation of polymer nano- and micro-structures and their characterization, vapour phase polymerization processes to create new polymer thin films. He is also interested in polymers for organic electronics, energy and photonic applications. In BEL, he is working on light switchable organic transistors based on interpenetrating network of conducting polymers.

Email: bartlomiej.kolodziejczyk@monash.edu, Currently at Monash

Julie Oziat receveid her Engineering degree in 2013 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, “Ingénieur Civil des Mines” cycle (the School’s signature diploma) with major in biomedical engineering (biomaterials and biomechanics). She is a PhD student within a partnership between the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne and the Microsystems for Biology and Chemistry department of CEA-LETI. Her research focuses on electrochemical detection of bacteria with conducting polymer devices.

Email: Julie.OZIAT@cea.fr, Currenty at the CEA

Gaëtan Scheiblin received his Engineering degree in 2012 from the Ecole Centrale de Lille with major in Bio-Engineering and Nanotechnologies followed at Ecole Centrale de Lyon. His research focuses on biosensors targeting lactate and the transfer on printed electronics. He is PhD student within a partnership between the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne and the CEA-LETI in Grenoble. He is working on the development of weareble health monitoring devices.

Email: Gaetan.SCHEIBLIN@cea.fr, Currently at the CEA

Thomas Lonjaret received in 2013 his Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne with a major in microelectronics, computer sciences and bio-medical devices (ISMIN). He is currently a PhD student within a partnership between the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) and Microvitae Technologies company. He is designing multifunctional devices with conducting polymers for electrophysiological uses.

Email: thomas.lonjaret@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 75

Ilke Uguz studied electrical engineering at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2009, he obtained his bachelor degree with a thesis focusing on power electronics. Upon graduation he worked as an electrical engineer for one year in the field of civil engineering. Being interested in biosensing&bioscreening systems, Ilke joined the international Master course nanobiohysics at TU Dresden In October, 2010. He completed his master thesis with the focus being on the development and optimization of a multiphase-flow fluidic platform capable of magnetic resonance and fluorescence detection. Later on, he continued on the same topic  as a  research assistant for a year . Currently, he is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. His research interests iclude development and characterization of sensing tehcnologies with a specific focus on biology.

Email: ilke.uguz@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 73

Eloïse Bihar received her engineering degree from Grenoble INP-Pagora in 2010. She is specialized in printing and biomaterials. Since 2011, she has been a research engineer in the flexible electronics department at the Centre of Microelectronics in Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne working on the development of inkjet processes for microelectronics applications. She is currently a PhD student in the department of bioelectronics (BEL) funded by a CIFRE fellowship with Microvitae.  Her current research focuses on the fabrication of printed electrodes for medical devices using biocompatible substrates and conducting polymers.

Email: bihar@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 88

Marcel Brändlein

Marcel Brändlein is a PhD student in the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, where he is participating in the Marie Curie European project "ORGBIO". He is doing a joint (cotutelle) PhD between BEL and the Institute for Nanoelectronics at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Munich, Germany, another partner in the "ORGBIO" project. Marcel obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in physics at TUM in 2011 working on ballistic transport in two dimensional electron systems over quantum point contacts. During his Master's studies he spent one year abroad at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris where he completed an internship at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) at CEA Saclay working on geometrically frustrated magnetic systems. In his final year of the Master's studies, he conducted his efforts towards the simulation of electrolyte gated organic thin film transistors for which he obtained the Master of Science (M.Sc.) from TUM in 2014. His doctoral research activities at BEL focus on the development of reference based circuits using organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing applications.

Email: marcel.braendlein@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 88

Visiting Scientists

Pierre Leleux

Pierre Leleux received his PhD in Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Aix-Marseille, and his Engineering degree in 2010 from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne. He works as a research engineer for the company MicroVitae, which specializes in microrlectrodes. His work consists in the design of a new device for the acquisition and analysis of acoustical auditory brainstem responses. His current research focuses on multi-scale acquisition of neuronal responses for epilepsy. He is interested in biologic signal processing, especially in neuronal signal acquisition.

Email: leleux@emse.fr, Phone: +33 (0)4 42 61 68 77

Seiichi Takamatsu

Seiichi Takamatsu received B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical informatics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2003, 2005, and 2009, respectively. He joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST) in 2009 and is presently a Researcher in Research Center for Ubiquitous MEMS and Micro Engineering (UMEMSME), AIST. His research interests are in MEMS technologies for meter-scale large-area devices. He is currently at BEL through an international training program of AIST.

Email: takamatsu.seiichi@emse.fr, Phone:+33 (0)4 42 61 68 89

Adam Williamson

Adam Williamson is a postdoctoral fellow with l'Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes (INS) at Aix-Marseille Université and INSERM. He received his B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technische Universität Ilmenau. He is currently part of a partnership between the Department of Bioelectronics (BEL) at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, and INS. His research is focused on in vivo recording and mapping of physiological and pathophysiological neuronal networks with organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs).

Email: adam.WILLIAMSON@univ-amu.fr