Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Pycraft Hughes (Professor of Biomedical Engineering Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering, University of Surrey, UK)

Venue : Seminar Room, Level 2, Faculty of Engineering, UPM, Serdang

Date : 13th March 2015 (Friday), 9.30am-11.30am


At a fundamental level, life can be described as chemistry – a sequence of chemical reactions within the cell. However, those reactions – and the ions that drive them – also carry charge, which means that life can also be viewed as an electrical process. This has been known for over 200 years, since Luigi Galvani Cirst showed that animal movement has an electrical component, and underpins our understanding of how muscles and nerves work. However, the electrical qualities of cells extend far beyond muscle and nerve; we have simply not had the tools to look. A new approach to analysing cells electrically offers to open entire new vistas of understanding about how cells work. By analysing the response of cells to electrical Cields it is possible to determine their electrical properties at high speed, high throughput and low cost. This has enabled the investigation of electrophysiology in areas where none have ever looked – to diagnose cancer, to understand what stem cells will become, and to peer for the Cirst time into an unexpected electrical clock that ticks in all of us.


Professor Michael Pycraft Hughes was appointed Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 2008 after joining the University of Surrey as a lecturer in 1999. His 20-year research career has primarily focused on the development of dielectrophoresis – more specifically the development of DEP-based assays. Since 2008, Mike has been Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey. For six years 2008-13 he was Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience, and Course Director of the Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Mike is/has been a member of:- IoP Dielectrics technical committee (2008-); IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE Nanotechnology Council administrative committees (2008-2013) etc. He received the 2003 British Association for the Advancement of Science Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award.

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Picture 1: Group picture of attendees for the technical talk

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Picture 2: IEEE CAS (M) Chapter Chair, Dr. Nurul Amziah handing over

token of appreciation to Prof. Hughes

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Picture 3: Prof. Hughes with IEEE CAS (M) members