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Graduate students win award for DNA sequencing circuit

Prof. Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh

Prof. Sebastian Magierowski

Lassonde grad students Zhongpan Wu, Karim Hammad and Yunus Dawji, along with Assistant Professor Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh and Associate Professor Sebastian Magierowski, are making significant contributions in the field of DNA sequencing by developing specially designed hardware intended to increase the rate at which DNA measurements can be processed and decrease the power consumption required to do so.

On Aug. 7 Wu, Hammad and Dawji had presented their custom circuits at the 61st IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Windsor, Ont., and won the Best Live Demo Award. On Oct. 24, they presented an improved version at a national event, CMC Microsystem’s TEXPO/Innovation 360 Symposium, and won the Industrial Collaboration Award sponsored by Teledyne Dalsa.