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Jennifer Blain Christen

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Biography

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering

Jennifer Blain Christen received a B.S. (1999), M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation focused on hybrid systems for life science applications exemplified through the development of a micro-incubator for cell culture. Blain Christen held a Graduate Research Fellowship and a G K-12 fellowship both from the National Science Foundation. In her post-doctoral work at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Immunogentics Department, she developed a microfluidic platform for homogeneous HLA (human leukocyte antigen) allele detection. Her research interests involve design of analog and mixed-mode integrated electronics for direct interface via innovative fabrication techniques to aqueous environments with special emphasis on biological materials.

Blain Christen is currently leading the BioElectrical Systems & Technology group at Arizona State University. The group has recently focused on Point of Care Diagnostics and Flexible Neural Interfaces. The Point of Care research involves sensing the presence of biomarkers in sweat and blood. They are funded by the National Science Foundation to explore continuous sweat monitoring, and they are funded by the National Institutes of Health to create low-cost point of care HPV diagnostics for India. These projects in addition to other work in this area leverage Bluetooth communication (BLE) with smart phones to enable data transfer, storage, and upload to the cloud. Blain Christen's work in flexible neural interfaces includes an NSF CAREER award exploring the use of optogenetics in the peripheral nervous system to enable future applications in bioelectronic medicine. She is also working with the Mayo Clinic to develop ultra-thin, high-resolution multi-modal neural arrays.

Blain Christen serves on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, and she is secretary of the Biomedical Circuits and Systems Technical Committee. She is also the advisor for the Medical 3D Printing student club.

 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University 1999

Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University 2001

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University 2007

Research Interests

Bio-compatible integration techniques for CMOS electronics, microfluidics and soft lithography, MEMS with emphasis on bio-MEMS, analog and mixed-mode VLSI for bio-medical/analytical instrumentation including 3D and SOI technologies

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 334Circuits II
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 521Low-Power Bioelectronics
EEE 528Intro Microelectromech Systems
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 435Fundamentals of CMOS & MEMS
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 591Seminar
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 528Intro Microelectromech Systems
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 435Fundamentals of CMOS & MEMS
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 591Seminar
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 528Intro Microelectromech Systems
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 435Fundamentals of CMOS & MEMS
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 591Seminar
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 684Internship
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 528Intro Microelectromech Systems
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 528Intro Microelectromech Systems
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 598Special Topics
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation