TechTalk: Nanobiosensors for Point-of-Care Health Diagnostics

About the speaker

Arben Merkoçi is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at lnstitut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), part of Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology(BIST). Prof . Merkoçi is member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania and director and coordinator of NANOALB (www.nanoalb.al), the regional network of nanoscience and nanotechnology. After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University (Albania), in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc and senior researcher/invited professor in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies in Italy, Spain, USA and since 2006 at ICN2. Prof. Merkoçi’s research is focused on the design and application of cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscience based cost/efficient biosensors. The paper/plastic-based nanobiosensors involve integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other(bio)receptors with micro- and nanostructures/motors and applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 310 peer review research papers (H index: 73 WOS; 85 GS), supervised 30 PhD students and has been invited to give plenary lectures and keynote speeches in around 200 occasions in various countries. Prof. Merkoçi is Co-Editor-In-Chief of Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Elsevier),the major international journal in the field and member of Editorial Board of other journals. He is co-founder of two spin-off companies, PaperDrop (http://paperdropdx.com/) dedicated to nanodiagnostics and Graphenicalab (http://graphenicalab.com/) to electronic printing. 

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