ศาสตราจารย์ ดร. อภินันท์ ธนชยานนท์ (Prof. Dr. Apinunt Thanachayanont)
Institute : ภาควิชาวิศวกรรมอิเล็กทรอนิกส์ คณะวิศวกรรมศาสตร์ สถาบันเทคโนโลยีพระจอมเกล้าเจ้าคุณทหารลาดกระบัง (Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang)
Title: Advancing Microelectronics Toward Precision Medicine
Recent advances of technologies have enabled an emerging and revolutionary discipline of ‘Precision Medicine”, in which treatment and prevention of diseases are proactive and take into account of individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. Physicians can now perform a genetic test on a patient to obtain his/her genomic data in order to diagnose diseases precisely down to the molecular level, thanks to the availability of high-speed and low-cost genome sequencing equipment, which have been made possible with the advances of smart semiconductor microchips. Accessibility and accuracy of smart wearable electronics devices have also improved appreciably and many wearable devices have cleared medical-grade approval. This empowers the possibility for physicians to collect data about one’s personal diet and lifestyle which directly influence individual health and can offer valuable insight to how disease treatment can be optimised for each individual. Hence, it is undeniable that the technological advances of semiconductor microelectronics play a vital role for the future of precision medicine. This plenary talk will give an overview of recent research, development and trend of microelectronics for the advance of precision medicine.
Apinunt Thanachayanont received the M. Eng. degree (with first-class honour) and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London, U.K., in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Since July 1999, he has been with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), where he is currently a Professor of Electronic Engineering. His current research interests are in the area of low-voltage low- power analog, mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits and systems for wireless telemetry, sensor, biomedical and health care applications.