Tom Zajdel

I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where I work in Michel Maharbiz's group. I graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!!) in 2012 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

I am interested in engineering devices that work at the interface between biological cells and electronics. Over billions of years, evolution has filled nature with many fascinating solutions to engineering challenges. I believe that tapping into these natural innovations will greatly expand our design repertoire, helping us tackle modern engineering challenges with a hybrid synthetic-biological approach. My toolkit for engineering at this interface includes microfabrication, synthetic biology (in bacteria), and applied electromagnetics.

In addition to my research work, I am passionate about education and am heavily involved in teaching. Recently, I co-developed UC Berkeley's Electronic Interfaces MOOC and lecture a short course on physics to incoming engineering students.

You can learn more about my work by navigating this website, checking out my Google scholar page, or downloading my CV.