Research Interests: CMOS Sensors, PoC diagnostics, LiDAR, Ultrasound based sensors.
Pramod obtained his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Comm. Engg. from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal in 2009 and M.E degree in Microelectronic Systems from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2011. He worked as a Project Associate at the Centre for NanoScience and Engineering, Bangalore from 2011-2012. He received his PhD. from U C Berkeley working with Prof. Bernhard Boser and Prof. Ali Niknejad. Currently he is working at Bosch RTC, Palo Alto as a Research Engineer.
Magnetic Particle Flow Cytometer [BPN649]
Circulating tumor cells can be found in peripheral blood in cancer patients and their number correlates to the stage of cancer. Currently, fluorescent markers are used to tag the cancerous cells to count them with a flow cytometer which requires multiple sample preparation steps such as centrifugation, erythrocyte lysis, etc. The use of magnetic microparticle labels instead can significantly simplify sample preparation and can enable point-of- care diagnostic devices to detect cancerous cells. We have demonstrated an integrated prototype which includes a CMOS chip, microfluidics, and data acquisition setup for this purpose.