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Shadi A. Dayeh

Assoc Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty-Affiliate, Calit2

Advanced therapeutic and prosthetic neuronal probe devices. Nanotechnology for drug screening. Hybrid hetero-integration science and technology including organic and inorganic (As,P,N III-V on Si and flex). In-situ microscopy of novel nanoscale phenomena. Next generation flexible wearable devices and displays.

Prof. Dayeh’s research is interdisciplinary in nature and addresses both fundamental and applied science challenges. He is deeply interested in the discovery of new physics, materials science and new levels of performance made possible by combining dissimilar materials. His group is creating new approaches for materials integration at the micro to nanoscale. This includes the development of thin and conformal brain mapping devices that are currently being used in clinical trials for diagnosing and treating neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases and for brain-machine interfaces. Within the same realms, his group developed integrated nanoscale sensors for long-term high definition mapping of neuronal activity of human induced pluripotent stem cell neurons in collaboration with Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Institute, which has potential to revolutionize disease modeling and drug screening. On the solid-state side, his group is pioneering new approaches that allowed the integration of thick-crack free GaN-on-Si for efficient and compact high power modules and for the co-integration of energy harvesting devices with wearables. A significant portion of his research explores atomic scale processes (solid-state reactions, defect nucleation and propagation, and charge transport processes) and his group made seminal contributions primarily in the area metal-semiconductor reactions in Ge/Si and currently in the InGaAs material system. Dimensional Touch Inc., which develops pressure-sensitive touch screen technologies spun off his laboratory.

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Shadi Dayeh received his B.S. in Physics/Electronics from the Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon in 2001, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2003, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2008. He did postdoctoral studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory as Director’s Fellow (2008-2010) and Distinguished J. R. Oppenheimer Fellow (2010-2012) and then joined the faculty of ECE at UC San Diego in November 2012 where he directs the Integrated Electronics and Bio-interfaces Laboratory. He received many best paper awards for his graduate work and distinguished performance award at Los Alamos for his postdoctoral work, the NSF Early Career Award in 2014, and the Jacobs School of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015.

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