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In Focus seminar with Sahika Inal: Organic Electronics for Disease Diagnostics

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Organic electronic materials provide a unique toolbox for establishing electrical communication with biological systems. In this talk, I will show how these materials are used at the interface with biological systems to detect biochemical molecules. I will introduce two types of organic electronic sensors; one that detects Alzheimer’s disease-associated proteins with performance exceeding the state-of-the-art, and the other that detects coronavirus spike proteins at the physical limit. Having challenged these sensors with patient samples, I will discuss areas where proof-of-concept biosensor platforms may fail. By tackling each of these problems, we improve device performance to a level that marks a considerable step toward biochemical sensing of infectious and noninfectious disease biomarkers.

Speaker bio

Sahika Inal is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering with co-affiliations in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering programs at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). She has a B.Sc. degree in Textile Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), an M.Sc. in Polymer Science, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics, both from the University of Potsdam (Germany). She completed her postdoctoral training at the Center of Microelectronics of Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (France). Her expertise is in polymer science and bioelectronic devices, particularly in the photophysics of conjugated polymers, characterization of polymer films, and the design of biosensors and actuators. Since 2016, Inal lab at KAUST exploits the functionalities of organic electronic materials, investigates ionic/electronic charge transport, and designs electronic devices that record/stimulate biological signals. Sahika is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has received recognitions including ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award 2022, Beilby Medal and Prize 2022, 2023 WCC Rising Star (ACS), and has been shortlisted for the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Women in Science in 2021. She is the author of 97+ publications, and her work has been cited more than 7900 times.

Twitter: @InalSahika Group website

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