Sean Romanuik, Ph.D. Candidate
Sean specializes in the R&D of Bio-MEMS platforms for the micro-manipulation and assaying of biological cells. His career began at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a B.Sc.(E.E.) in 2007 and a M.Sc. in 2009. His capstone B.Sc. project and M.Sc. work helped develop a microflow cytometer with simultaneous dielectrophoretic actuation for the optical assay and capacitive cytometry of suspended bioparticles. This work yielded an IEEE Undergraduate Design Project Award and the prestigious Micralyne Microsystems Design Award. In 2009, Sean won a Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship and began his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University. As his Ph.D., Sean was part of a Multidisciplinary project developing an integrated system to trap cells in micromachined physical traps integrated with a novel, label-freeimmunobioassay using extraordinary optical transmission to gauge the affinity with which secreted antibodies bind a target antigen. During his tenure at SFU, Sean received numerous honours including a NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship and Research Assistantship Award, multiple Graduate Fellowships, a CMBES Top Outstanding Research Award, and an IEEE Sensors Journal invitation honouring his IEEE Sensors presentation as among the top 10% that year. Sean also has significant experience as a TA and guest lecturer for university courses on electrical circuit analysis, physical electronics, technical writing, and MATLAB programming. Sean shall complete his Ph.D. by end of fall of 2017 and is joining the Extem team to begin his next career phase developing our Bio-MEMS platform for efficient platelet isolation.
Dr. Bonnie L. Gray, P.Eng., Ph.D
Bonnie L. Gray received a B.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic in 1992, an M.Sc. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 2001, all in Electrical Engineering. During her graduate studies, she was supported in part by a 3-year National Sciences Foundation (NSF) Scholarship. Dr. Gray was a postdoctoral fellow at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands from 2001-2003 working in Electronic Instrumentation and the Delft Institute of Microsystems and Nanoelectronics (DIMES).
Dr. Gray has been a faculty member in Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, Canada, and Director of the Microinstrumentation Laboratory, since 2003. She is now a Full Professor in Engineering Science, and an Associate Member of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. Dr. Gray has over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, many of which have won awards or been invited, and has also published 4 invited book chapters. Dr. Gray has an issued patent in the US/Canada on conductive nanocomposite materials, and has three other international and Canada/US patent applications pending.