Analog Circuits and Biological Systems Group
Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar
Professor Sarpeshkar has founded or cofounded two courses:
6.S193 BIOLOGICAL CIRCUIT ENGINEERING LABORATORY (BioCEL)
Prereq: 18.02, 7.01
The objectives of this course include teaching basic techniques in synthetic biology (DNA sequencing, PCR cloning, restriction digests), how to work with yeast (integrations, colony PCR, culture, plating), strategies for designing synthetic circuits (feedforward loops, feedback loops, digital and analog circuits, synthetic transcription factors), characterization techniques (flow cytometry, optical density), and concepts for biological engineering design.
Prereq: 6.012 AND 6.003 OR 6.301
Units: 4-0-8 H-LEVEL Grad Credit
Comprehensive introduction to analog microelectronic design with an emphasis on ultra-low-power electronics, biomedical electronics, and bio-inspired electronics. Device physics of the MOS transistor, including subthreshold operation and scaling to nanometer processes. Ultra-low-noise, RF, sensor, actuator, and feedback circuits. System examples vary from year to year and include implantable and noninvasive biomedical systems, circuits inspired by neurobiology or cell biology, micromechanical systems (MEMS), and biological sensing and actuating systems. The class project involves a complete design of a VLSI chip, including layout, verification, design-rule checking, and SPICE simulation.
8 Engineering Design Points.
TQE (Technical Qualifying Exam) course.
Professor Sarpeshkar was awarded the 2003 Junior Bose Award For Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching. In Fall 2005, he received a rating of 6.8/7.0 in 6.376, which is considered MITs most advanced course in circuit design.