2013 Poster Sessions : Wirelessly Powered Transceivers for Biomedical Implants

Student Name : Andrew Ma
Advisor : Ada Poon
Research Areas: Information Systems
We are fascinated by the idea of tiny devices that can enter your bloodstream, swim around and perhaps even unblock arteries or perform surgery. These tiny devices might even reside in your body, distributed throughout organs such as the heart. They could continuously monitor your vital signs, mapping out processes in your body with remarkable accuracy. Perhaps the powerful sensing and conditioning capabilities available to microelectronics today could even be brought down to the size of a cell. We envision tiny, untethered actuator and sensors on the scale of the fundamental unit of all living organisms. These devices could enable new ways to peer inside the body, telling us a great deal of the strange phenomenon that occur in this most complex of situations.

Wireless powering in combination with efficient reconfigurable transceivers that can accommodate a wide variety of biomedical applications and changing environmental conditions are essential for miniaturized medical implants. The convergence of wireless technology, nanofabrication, and in vivo delivery techniques enables a wide range of biomedical devices.

Andrew received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is currently a PhD Candidate working in Professor Ada Poon’s Integrated Biomedical Systems Lab. His research interests are wirelessly powered biomedical implants.