Dr. Hajimorad Meghdad

hajimora Meghdad

Assistant Professor
Office:
 OCNL 322
Campus Zip: 888 
Phone: (530) 898-6422
E-mail: mhajimorad@csuchico.edu
Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Synthetic Biology, Microelectronics, Analog Integrated Circuits Design, VLSI Design 

Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Monday: 9 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

 

Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA                Electrical Engineering              Ph.D.         2011

University of California, Berkeley, CA                Electrical Engineering              M.S.           2005  

Iowa State University, Ames, IA                       Electrical Engineering              B.S.           2001   

Experience

8/2015-present             Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, California State University, Chico, CA

6/2017-8/2017              Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

6/2016-8/2016              Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

9/2013-8/2015              Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

6/2014-8/2014              Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

6/2013-8/2013              Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA

10/2012-4/2013            HHMI Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

6/2012-8/2012              Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, CA

9/2011-4/2012              Member of Technical Staff, Maxim Integrated Products, Sunnyvale, CA

Research and Grants

Research:

Multidiscipline electrical and biological engineer, with experience in analog circuit design and engineering genetic constructs in the bacteria Escherichia coli and Shewanella oneidensis. Interested in the engineering of systems that interface microbes capable of extracellular electron transfer with electronics, with the goal to arrive at hybrid microbial-electronic systems that combine the unique characteristics of biological cells with advances in semiconductor technologies. Analog circuit design experience includes having taped out chips in industry, with the tools used including Cadence, Synopsys, SPICE, and Spectre. Molecular biology skills include cloning, plasmid construction and characterization, PCR, nucleic acid purification, development of real-time qPCR assays to characterize gene expression and copy number, protein purification, anaerobic culture methods, and VectorNTI

Grants:

Grant Proposals   (funded)

  • Hajimorad M: Harnessing electricity from microbes. Submitted to the California State University – Chico “Student Learning Fee Award” program, 2016-2017 (grant amount = $5400)
  • Hajimorad M: Plasmid system for enabling synthetic biology and biotechnology in Shewanella oneidensis. Submitted to the California State University – Chico “Research Stimulation Grant” program, 2015-2016 (grant amount = $10,000)

Grant Proposals   (not funded)

  • Hajimorad M, Raigoza J, Dixon BC, Summers DG: S-CAT: Increasing the participation of underrepresented and first-generation students in STEM through Scholarship, Culturally-sensitive curriculum, Advising, and Teaching. Submitted to NSF S-STEM initiative, 2017
    (grant amount = $875,000)
  • Pushnik JC, Mustafa H, Hajimorad M: Coordinated integration of liberal arts teaching into the engineering curriculum. Submitted to The Teagle Foundation “Liberal Arts and the Professions” initiative, 2016 (grant amount = $75,000)
  • Hajimorad M, Li D, Case JA: 3C-STEM: Towards increased cognitive, cultural, and contextual understanding of STEM. Submitted to the Association of American Colleges and University TIDES initiative, 2014 (grant amount = $300,000)

Recent Publication

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Hajimorad M, Gralnick JA: Towards enabling engineered microbial-electronics systems: RK2-based conjugal transfer system for Shewanella synthetic biology«. Electronics Letters 2016, 52:6, pp. 426–428

    « This paper was featured by the editors of Electronics Letters and the authors were invited to write an article which highlights and expands on the work: Hajimorad M, Gralnick JA: Inside view. Electronics Letters 2016, 52:6, p. 411
  • Lee TS, Krupa RA, Zhang F, Hajimorad M, Holtz WJ, Prasad N, Lee SK, Keasling JD: BglBrick vectors and datasheets: A synthetic biology platform for gene expression. Journal of Biological Engineering 2011, 5:12                       [Highly Accessed Paper]
  • Hajimorad M, Gray PR, Keasling JD: A framework and model system to investigate linear system behavior in Escherichia coli. Journal of Biological Engineering 2011, 5:3

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings Publications

  • Hajimorad M, Gralnick JA: On recent advances in synthetic biology to enable programming bacteria for biosensing applications. In Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE 60th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), Boston, MA, USA                      [Invited Paper]
  • Hajimorad M, Alhloul S, Mustafa H, So M, Oswal H: Application of polypyrrole-based selective electrodes in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine nitrate concentration. In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE 15th Sensors Conference, Orlando, FL, USA
    (~19% lecture/oral acceptance rate)
  • Walsh TR, Alhloul S, Hajimorad M: Estimating the remaining useful life of power grid transmission lines using synchrophasor data. In Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE 5th Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (PHM), Cheney, WA, USA
  • Hajimorad M, Keasling JD: Independence among synthetic genetic devices in the bacterium Escherichia coli extends to the time-domain. In Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE 10th Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS) Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland

Peer-Reviewed Conference Abstracts

  • So M, Hajimorad M, Mustafa H, Alhloul S: Application of polypyrrole-based selective electrodes in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine nitrate concentration. ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017
  • Lee TS, Krupa RA, Hajimorad M, Prasad N, Lee SK, Keasling JD: Biobrick vectors and datasheets: A synthetic biology platform for metabolic engineering. ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2010
  • Lee TS, Krupa RA, Hajimorad M, Prasad N, Lee SK, Keasling JD: Biobrick vectors and datasheets: A synthetic biology platform for metabolic engineering. DOE Genomics GTL Workshop, Crystal City, VA, 2010

Affiliations

Professional Activities

  • Paper Reviewer – IEEE Sensors Conference (2017)
  • Paper Reviewer – Elsevier Microelectronics Journal (2017)
  • Paper Reviewer – IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (2016, 2015)
  • Session Co-Chair – “Synthetic Biology and iGEM Synthetic Biology” Session, Institute of Biological Engineering Annual Conference (2016, 2014)
  • Paper Reviewer – IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (2015, 2014)
  • Abstract Reviewer – National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2015)
  • Session Moderator – National Conference on Undergraduate Research (2015)
  • Session Chair – Poster Session, Institute of Biological Engineering Annual Conference (2014)
                                                                                              [Awarded Presidential Citation]