Dr. Jie Chen is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is also a research officer at National Research Council / National Institute for Nanotechnology. Dr. Chen is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He received the Killam Professorship Award for his outstanding contributions to research, teaching and community service. He has nearly 15 years of project, administrative and management experience and has successfully helped found two spin-off companies. One was acquired by QUALCOMM in 2005, and the other produces digital HD-radios installed in most brands of automobiles and sold in Walmart and BestBuy. His current research includes:
(i) Developing a pulsed-wave technology platform to stimulate cell growth (with applications in cell therapy, tissue engineering, mental health, and antibody production), and microorganism growth (with applications in increasing renewable biofuel/algal oil, antibiotics, omega-3, and wine/beverage production) and waste water treatment;
(ii) Designing portable impedance-based point-of-care devices for detecting metabolic biomarkers, diagnosing cancers, monitoring environmental toxins, sensing plant infections at an early stage, and screening pathogens for food safety.
(iii) Building functional nanomaterials for water filtration (removal of microorganisms, organic chemicals, and heavy metals), gene transformation of agricultural products, targeted cancer imaging and treatment, and in vivo gene/peptide/microRNA delivery (especially across the blood-brain barrier).
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