Carnegie Mellon University

Maysam Chamanzar

Maysam Chamanzar

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 331 Roberts Engineering Hall
  • 412-268-3390
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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.




Ph.D., 2012 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S., 2008 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S., 2005 
Electrical Engineering 
Sharif University of Technology

B.S., 2003 
Electrical Engineering 
Amirkabir University of Technology


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.


  • Opto-acousto-electrical neural interfaces
  • Optogenetics
  • Integrated biophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Sensing and spectroscopy
  • Acousto-optics