Tom Zajdel

Tom Zajdel 

I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where I work in Michel Maharbiz's group and plan to graduate in Spring 2018. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

I work on interfaces between bacterial cells and electronics. My dissertation work uses microelectrode arrays to observe and electronically report the chemotactic motor response in E. coli. I have also contributed to biosensing platforms that interface with current-producing Escherichia coli and Shewanella oneidensis to detect analytes in solution.

In addition to my research work, I am heavily involved in teaching on campus. Recently, I co-developed UC Berkeley's Electronic Interfaces MOOC based on a redesign of the intro circuits lab. I also have taught a seminar on amateur radio and a summer physics crash course for first-year engineering students.