Subject: Fwd: EE Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Meredith M. Lee (Friday Nov. 11, 10AM, CIS-X Auditorium)
From: "James W. Conway" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:34:33 -0800

Greetings Ebeam Community:
I request that everyone that is available tomorrow morning consider attending and supporting Meredith Lee in her PhD defense.
Meredith Lee was one of the first Harris Group members that I worked with when I was teaching what became the SEM Practicum class on the Hitachi S2500 SEM that I donated to the Pease Group Lab when I was working at HP Labs.  Coming over to Stanford each Thursday afternoon after work and working on the tool with so many talented people in the Pease and Harris groups was the main reason I decided to come at work at Stanford.

She has covered a gambit of technical topics during her Ph.D. work here at Stanford and this is sure to be a presentation that you will not wish to miss.

Look forward to seeing you there,

James Conway

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Subject: EE Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Meredith M. Lee (Friday Nov. 11, 10AM, CIS-X Auditorium)
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:23:46 -0700
From: Meredith M. Lee <>
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University Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

Department of Electrical Engineering


Tunable Photonic Crystal Biosensors for Portable Label-Free Diagnostics

Meredith M. Lee

Advisor: Professor James S. Harris

Co-Advisor: Professor Shanhui Fan

Friday, November 11, 2011

10 AM (refreshments at 9:45 AM)

Allen (Center for Integrated Systems-X) Auditorium

Although there is a pressing global need for widely-deployable disease detection and monitoring systems, today's options for biochemical analysis are often bulky, slow, and expensive.  Miniaturization and integration of devices based on micro-arrays of sources, detectors, and active or passive biosensing surfaces provides a means to achieve handheld diagnostic capabilities with a ‘lab-on-a-chip’.  In particular, the development of label-free sensors offers simplified sample preparation and the opportunity for multi-modal measurements for correlated detection.

In this talk, I will describe the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of label-free sensors utilizing current-tuned and temperature-tuned Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), integrated photodetectors, photonic crystal slab resonators, and microfluidics.   The sensors operate in the VIS-NIR (650-850 nm) wavelength range for low background absorption and are designed for compatibility with previously demonstrated monolithically integrated fluorimeters.  In addition to showing a proof-of-concept prototype for single-slab refractive index sensing with tunable GaAs-based 670 nm VCSELs, I will present the design, fabrication, and experimental measurement of tunable-gap coupled photonic crystal slabs for increased flexibility and sensitivity.   These compact, parallel sensor architectures enable multiplexed, cost-effective on-chip biosensing, with packaged devices less than one cubic centimeter.