Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Meghdad Hajimorad

Dr. Hajimorad Meghdad

Assistant Professor
Office:
 OCNL 311 
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 


  • 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 MHarnessing electricity from microbes. Submitted to the California State University – Chico “Student Learning Fee Award” program, 2016-2017 (grant amount = $5400)
    • Hajimorad MPlasmid 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 MCoordinated 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 Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

    « 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

    Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings Publications

    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]