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Maysam Chamanzar

Carnegie Mellon University
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2012

Dr. Chamanzar received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2012. His dissertation on developing novel hybrid plasmonicphotonic on-chip biochemical sensors received the Sigma Xi best Ph.D. thesis award. He is currently an assistant professor of ECE at Carnegie Mellon University. He was postdoc researcher at UC Berkeley before joining CMU. His current research is on developing novel electro-acousto-optic neural interfaces for large-scale high-resolution electrophysiology and distributed optogenetic stimulation. Maysam has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and he holds three pending patents. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the SPIE research excellence award and GTRIC innovation award, and became the finalist for the OSA Emil Wolf best paper award and Edison innovation award.


The active areas of research are at the interface of Photonics, BioMEMs, and Neuroscience. Using basic principles of physics and advanced engineering techniques, Prof. Chamanzar’s group is designing and implementing novel devices and methods to address outstanding needs in biology and medicine. The main application areas of interest are Neuroscience and Biophotonics. Research on Neuroengineering includes developing next generation multimodal (Acousto-opto-electrical) neural interfaces to understand the neural basis of brain function and realize functional brain-machine interfaces. The Biophotonics front is focused on developing efficient hybrid photonic-plasmonic-fluidic on-chip systems for point of care diagnostics, environmental monitoring, imaging, and spectroscopy. The scope of research encompasses theoretical design and simulation, fabrication and packaging, experimental benchtop characterization, as well as in-vivo, in-vitro, and ex-vivo tests on biological systems.


Title Position Email
Zabir Ahmed Graduate Student
Hengji Huang Graduate Student
Yasin Karimi Graduate Student
Maya Lassiter Graduate Student
Jay Reddy Graduate Student
Matteo Scopelliti Graduate Student
Most Cited Publications

"Effect of the dielectric constant of the surrounding medium and the substrate on the surface plasmon resonance spectrum and sensitivity factors of highly symmetric systems …," Mahmoud A Mahmoud, Maysamreza Chamanzar, Ali Adibi, Mostafa A El-Sayed. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 6434-6442 (2012)
"High resolution on-chip spectroscopy based on miniaturized microdonut resonators," Zhixuan Xia, Ali Asghar Eftekhar, Mohammad Soltani, Babak Momeni, Qing Li, Maysamreza Chamanzar, Siva Yegnanarayanan, Ali Adibi. Optics express, 19, 12356-12364 (2011)
"On-chip hybrid photonic–plasmonic light concentrator for nanofocusing in an integrated silicon photonics platform," Ye Luo, Maysamreza Chamanzar, Aniello Apuzzo, Rafael Salas-Montiel, Kim Ngoc Nguyen, Sylvain Blaize, Ali Adibi. Nano letters, 15, 849-856 (2015)
"Hybrid integrated plasmonic-photonic waveguides for on-chip localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing and spectroscopy," Maysamreza Chamanzar, Zhixuan Xia, Siva Yegnanarayanan, Ali Adibi. Optics express, 21, 32086-32098 (2013)
"Energy-looping nanoparticles: harnessing excited-state absorption for deep-tissue imaging," Elizabeth S Levy, Cheryl A Tajon, Thomas S Bischof, Jillian Iafrati, Angel Fernandez-Bravo, David J Garfield, Maysamreza Chamanzar, Michel M Maharbiz, Vikaas S Sohal, P James Schuck, Bruce E Cohen, Emory M Chan. ACS nano, 10, 8423-8433 (2016)

Recent Publications

"Ultrasonically sculpted virtual relay lens for in situ microimaging," Matteo Giuseppe Scopelliti, Maysamreza Chamanzar. Light: Science & Applications, 8, 1-15 (2019)
"Ultrasonically sculpted tunable relay lenses for imaging and photo manipulation through turbid media (Conference Presentation)," Matteo Giuseppe Scopelliti, Daniele Busacchio, Maysamreza Chamanzar, Yasin Karimi. Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2019, 10878, International Society for Optics and Photonics (2019)
"In situ acousto-optic 3D beam shaping," Yasin Karimi, Matteo Giuseppe Scopelliti, Maysamreza Chamanzar. Practical Holography XXXIII: Displays, Materials, and Applications, 10944, International Society for Optics and Photonics (2019)
"In situ 3D reconfigurable ultrasonically sculpted optical beam paths," Yasin Karimi, Matteo Giuseppe Scopelliti, Ninh Do, Mohammad-Reza Alam, Maysamreza Chamanzar. Optics express, 27, 7249-7265 (2019)
"Ultrasonic sculpting of virtual optical waveguides in tissue," Maysamreza Chamanzar, Matteo Giuseppe Scopelliti, Julien Bloch, Ninh Do, Minyoung Huh, Dongjin Seo, Jillian Iafrati, Vikaas S Sohal, Mohammad-Reza Alam, Michel M Maharbiz. Nature communications, 10, 1-10 (2019)