Advisory Board

Professor Michel M. Maharbiz

Michel M. Maharbiz, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley.
Michel’s current research centers on building micro/nano interfaces to cells and organisms and exploring bio-derived fabrication methods. His research group is also known for developing the world’s first remotely radio-controlled cyborg beetles; this was named one of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2009 by MIT’s Technology Review (TR10) and was among Time magazine’s Top 50 Inventions of 2009. His long-term goal is to understand developmental mechanisms as a way to engineer and fabricate machines.
He coauthored Circuits. His papers include Neural Dust: An Ultrasonic, Low Power Solution for Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces, A Cyborg Beetle: Insect Flight Control Through an Implantable, Tetherless Microsystem, Generating steep, shear-free gradients of small molecules for cell culture, Batch Transfer Integration of RF Microrelays, Recent Developments in the Remote Radio Control of Insect Flight, A Modified Consumer Inkjet for Spatiotemporal Control of Gene Expression, and Can we build synthetic, multicellular systems by controlling developmental signaling in space and time?
Michel earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from UC Berkeley for his work on microbioreactor systems, which led to the foundation of Microreactor Technologies Inc., which was recently acquired by Pall Corporation. He has been a GE Scholar and an Intel IMAP Fellow.
Read Your Future Brain-Machine Implant: Ultrasonic Neural Dust, Enhancing Your Brain Digitally, and Going Wireless and Restoring Memories: The Incredible Future of Brain Implants. Read his LinkedIn profile. Read his blog.