Karan Vir Inder Singh Kaler graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales in 1974. He received his PhD from the University of Wales in 1981. He worked at as research associate at the Oklahoma State University (1977-1980) and as an Electronic Engineering (1980 -1982), before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary in December, 1982 as an Assistant Professor. In 1984 he was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1992. Over the years he has held the Visiting Professorships in 1990 at the University of Rochester, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (Spain) in 2009, Technical University of Athens (Greece) in 2010, as well as Visiting Scientist appointment at the National Institute of Nanotechnology in Alberta (Canada) in 1997. He is presently a registered professional member of APPEGA and an elected fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves the editorial board of the journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics and as a reviewer for a numerous number Scientific and Biomedical Engineering journals. His research activities over the years have focused on the development of tools and instrumentation directed to the fundamental study of the dielectric properties of individual cells and biological materials and its utility by leveraging the phenomena of Dielectrophoresis (DEP). His research laboratory is presently actively in the development and application of lab-on-a-chip based diagnostic devices that leverage the DEP phenomena to rapidly dispense, transport and process microscopic sized aqueous droplets on tops of surfaces, in parallel and/or multiplexed fashion, facilitating the rapid and automated detection/analysis of various pathogens and other biological/biochemical agents.
Biography Updated on 16 April 2013