Research Interests: CMOS Sensors, Point of care diagnostics.Job Interests: Internship in summer 2014 at an Industry R&D focused on point of care diagnostics
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. Currently he is a graduate student at U C Berkeley working with Prof. Bernhard Boser and Prof. Ali Niknejad.
Magnetic Particle Flow Cytometer [BPN649]
The goal of this project is to come up with a low cost, portable and disposable alternative to a flow cytometer, a powerful tool
used in health and disease diagnostics. Commercial flow cytometers use fluorescent labels and optical detectors. These equipments
are expensive, bulky and suffer from optical background noise. We have replaced the fluorescent markers with magnetic labels and
detected them with a CMOS chip.
Further, we have developed a unique hot embossing technique for integration of CMOS chips with microfluidics. This technique can
potentially benefit large scale production of chip scale cytometers. Our current focus is to design the system for detection of
circulating tumor cells for metastatic breast or prostate cancer.