Reasearch Areas
  • microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • neural interfaces
  • synthetic biology
  • micro / nanofabrication

Michel Maharbiz

Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Michel M. Maharbiz is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley for his work on microbioreactor systems under Professor Roger T. Howe (EECS) and Professor Jay D. Keasling (ChemE). His work led to the foundation of Microreactor Technologies, Inc. which was acquired in 2009 by Pall Corporation. From 2003 to 2007, Michel Maharbiz was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the co-founder of Tweedle Technologies, Cortera Neurotech and served as vice-president for product development at Quswami, Inc. from July 2010 to June 2011.

Prof. Maharbiz is a Bakar Fellow and was the recipient of a 2009 NSF Career Award for research into developing microfabricated interfaces for synthetic biology. His group is also known for developing the world’s first remotely radio-controlled cyborg beetles. This was named one of the top ten emerging technologies of 2009 by MIT’s Technology Review (TR10) and was in Time Magazeine’s Top 50 Inventions of 2009. Dr. Maharbiz has been a GE Scholar and an Intel IMAP Fellow. Professor Maharbiz’s current research interests include building micro/nano interfaces to cells and organisms and exploring bio-derived fabrication methods. Michel’s long term goal is understanding developmental mechanisms as a way to engineer and fabricate machines.”


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Diaz-Botia, Camilo, Lunet Luna, Ryan Neely, Maysam Chamanzar, Carlo Carraro, Jose Carmena, Philip Sabes, Roya Maboudian, and Michel Maharbiz. “A silicon carbide electrode technology for the central and the peripheral nervous system.” Journal of Neural Engineering (2017).

Maharbiz, Michel M., Rikky Muller, Elad Alon, Jan M. Rabaey, and Jose M. Carmena. “Reliable Next-Generation Cortical Interfaces for Chronic Brain–Machine Interfaces and Neuroscience.” Proceedings of the IEEE (2017).

Ozilgen BA and Maharbiz MM. “Ultrasonic thermal dust: a method to monitor deep tissue temperature profiles.” Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (2017).

Seo D, Neely RM, Shen K, Singhal U, Alon E, Rabaey JM, Carmena JM, and Maharbiz MM. “Wireless Recording in the Peripheral Nervous System with Ultrasonic Neural Dust.” Neuron (2016).

Yazdan-Shahmorad A, Diaz-Botia C, Hanson TL, Kharazia V, Ledochowitsch P, Maharbiz MM, and Sabes PN. “A Large-Scale Interface for Optogenetic Stimulation and Recording in Nonhuman Primates.” Neuron (2016).