I received my Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2011, with a Bioengineering Minor, followed by a Master’s of Engineering Degree in 2012. I had the opportunity to work at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab hospital in the summer of 2008, and I spent 16 months working at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as an ASIC Design Engineer (2009 to 2010).
My Master’s project at the Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Lab (AMNL) at the University of Toronto, “High Speed Imaging using FPGA”, involved programming an FPGA chip in a framegrabber to enable real time image processing at several thousand frames per second. The immediate application of this project is studying the deformation of red blood cells under high pressure as they are forced through a constriction channel at very high speed. This information can be used to deduce mechanical properties of the cell, and thus information about cell viability and health. During this project, I became aware of the collaboration between the AMNL and Assiut Microfluidics Lab (AML). My work in the AML will involve experimental confirmation of the theories behind droplet actuation in Digital Microfluidics (DMF), specifically, measuring hydrodynamic flow inside microdoplets.