Team NBB: Nanomaterial-Based Biosensors
Over the past several decades, there has been a growing need for the detection and quantification of chemical and biological species in different areas, including biomedical research, health care, agriculture, and environmental monitoring. There are several common requirements for the increasing number of biosensors in these areas: high sensitivity and selectivity, real-time and label-free detection, versatility and multianalyte detection, as well as simple integration into compact point-of-care devices.
Continuous miniaturization and recent advances in micro- and nanofabrication have led to the emergence of many nanomaterials as exciting new platforms for basic research and for applications in (opto-)electronic devices. In particular, semiconducting nanowires, carbon nanotubes, metal nanoparticles, and layered two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (e.g. MoS2) have recently received much attention. These nanomaterials can more easily satisfy existing needs through improved performance, dense integration, cost reduction, or novel functionality.
Our team combines state-of-the-art nanomaterial research with biomedical know-how in order to develop a novel sensor technology platform for near-patient testing. Different nanomaterials are used to fabricate highly sensitive transducers that convert biochemical reactions into electronic or electrochemical signals. The sensor surface is chemically engineered to achieve selectivity for a wide range of analytes, including electrolytes, proteins, and blood gases. The sensor performance is validated using current gold standards such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Electronic biosensors based on nanomaterials have the ability to match the performance of the established techniques, with the advantages of low cost, simple integration, and rapid results.
- Dr. Michael Hein
Head of Advanced Systems Group, Roche Diagnostics International Ltd. (Industry Mentor)
- Dr. Reiner Schlipfenbacher
Head Technology Portfolio Management, Chief Technology Office, Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Industry Mentor)
- Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil
Chair of Applied Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg (Academic Mentor)
- Gutiérrez-Sanz Ó, Andoy NM, Filipiak MS, Haustein N, Tarasov A.
Direct, Label-Free, and Rapid Transistor-Based Immunodetection in Whole Serum. ACS Sens. 2017
- Filipiak MS, Rother S, Andoy NM, Knudsen AC, Grimm S, Bachran C, Swee LK, Zaumseil J, Tarasov A.
Highly sensitive, selective and label-free protein detection in physiological solutions using carbon nanotube transistors with nanobody receptors. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2017
The research of this team is kindly sponsored by Roche.
Join our team as a MSc student
The Nanomaterial-Based Biosensors team at BioMed X is developing a novel nanoelectronic sensor platform for near-patient diagnostics. We are currently looking for a highly motivated student to pursue a master’s thesis project in the field of immunosensing, enzymatic or electrolyte sensors. The main tasks of the project are to chemically functionalize the biosensor surface and to perform analyte detection experiments using physiological samples such as blood or serum.
- Strong background in biotechnology, materials science & engineering, biochemistry, physics, nanoscience or related field
- Hands-on wet lab experience
- Experience with analytical techniques is a plus
- Experience with data analysis and graphing software is a plus
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a motivation letter by e-mail to Dr. Alexey Tarasov (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also indicate in your application your favorite starting date. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Our Team Members
Dr. Alexey Tarasov
Design, development, and characterization of nanomaterials and biosensors
- 2013–2015: Postdoctoral Research Scholar with Prof. Eric Vogel, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. Synthesis and characterization of 2D materials such as MoS2, WSe2, and graphene. Development of novel nanoelectronic devices based on 2D materials
- 2013: Product Manager OEM Liquid Handling, Hamilton Company, Bonaduz, Switzerland
- 2009–2012: PhD in Experimental Physics with Prof. Christian Schönenberger, University of Basel, Switzerland. Development of biochemical sensors based on silicon nanowires and graphene
- 2003–2009: Diploma in Physics, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany
- 2007: Study Abroad Semester, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- 2006: Intern, European R&D Internship Program, Procter & Gamble, Schwalbach, Germany
- Cross-Discipline Manufacturing Innovation seed grant, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 2015
- Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), 2014
- Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship, SNSF, 2013
- Scholarship of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, 2005–2009
Dr. Oscar Gutierrez-Sanz
Electrochemical characterization of nanomaterial-based biosensors for multiple analyte detection.
- 2011–2015: PhD student with Dr. Antonio Lopez de Lacey, Bioelectrocalysis Group in the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry. Functional reconstitution of redox enzymes on gold electrodes mimicking their natural environment and surface biophysical characterization, Madrid, Spain
- 2009–2011: Research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Conrado Moreno Vivian in the Biochemistry department of Cordoba University, Spain. Nitrogen metabolism in Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes
Dr. Kishan Thodkar
Synthesis, characterization & electrical measurements of graphene devices. Research interests include micro & nano device sensing platforms, MEMS, NEMS & MOEMS.
- 2017-2018: Postdoctoral researcher at the Transport at nanoscale interfaces group. Development of CVD graphene – hBN heterostructures using van der Waals approach, EMPA, Dübendorf, Switzerland
- 2013-2017: PhD candidate at Nanoscale Hybrid Electronics group led by Prof. Michel Calame. Development of CVD graphene for quantum Hall resistance standards, University of Basel, Switzerland
- 2011–2013: Master of Science at K.U Leuven, Belgium & Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Marcin Szymon Filipiak
Microfabrication of nanobiosensors, surface modification and electrochemical measurements
- 2014–2015: Assistant at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
- 2008–2014: Master of Science in Biotechnology Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Sensor surface functionalization for reliable measurements in serum; microfluidics
- 2008–2015: Engineering graduate in Bioprocess Engineering, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
- 2011–2012: Research intern at the School of Biological Science and Center for Biomimetic Sensor Science, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Miguel Ángel García Chamé
Signal enhancement strategies for immunodetection using nanoelectronic biosensors
- 2015-present: Master of Science in Biomedical Technologies, University of Tübingen, Germany
- 2018: Intern at University Hospital Tübingen, Section Medical Materials Science & Technologies, Tübingen, Germany
- 2009-2014: Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico