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David Piech, Ph.D. 2021

BioEngineering
Advisor: Prof. Maharbiz

BIOGRAPHY
Davidís research activities focus on neural interface devices and brain-machine interface systems, with the goal of enabling wider adoption of these technologies through vastly reduced-risk in-situ neural recording and stimulation modalities.
Previously, he was a research engineer at a private invention lab and tech incubator where he contributed to research in metamaterials-based antennas (spun out as Echodyne, Inc). In addition, he led and worked on projects in close collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including a microfluidic tool to aid in malaria control, a solar-thermal system to improve developing world vaccine accessibility, and emergency infection barrier improvements during the 2014 Ebola outbeak.
He graduated with the B.S. degree from Duke University in 2012, studying Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. His research included work on a new microfluidic cell poration technique, a minimally invasive laparoscope, and a robotic bird to study the neurobiology of animal communication.

Highly Integrated, Compact Wearable Ultrasound System for Chronic Biosensing [BPN848]
Recent advances in low-power ultrasonics have enabled highly integrated, compact ultrasound systems. In addition, new ultrasonic biosensing modalities for chronic sensing native of tissue or communicating with implanted sensor nodes motivate the need for a wearable ultrasound system. Here, we integrate a low-power, high-voltage transducer driver (Tang, 2015), into a highly compact wearable device designed to unobtrusively provide continuous ultrasound monitoring of subject biometrics. We demonstrate its capability by interfacing with one type of ultrasonic backscatter dust mote, the Neural Dust mote (Seo, 2016).


Current Active Projects:
BPN716
BPN848
 

     Last Updated: Sun 2016-Sep-11 22:59:04

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