Sungjae Ha is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He joined the Digital Integrated Circuits and System Group at MIT in early 2010 where he works and studies medical applications of integrated circuits (IC) and biological microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS).
His first study is to investigate electric properties of malaria-infected human red blood cells so that healthy blood cells and infected cells can be distinguished by measuring their electrical properties. A micrometer scale device is necessary to apply AC voltage and measure resulting current through individual cells. His research could ultimately result in a miniaturized diagnostic system based on a hybrid technology of BioMEMS and IC.
Sungjae is native of South Korea. Prior to his selection as an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, he received Bachelor’s degree from the Pohang University of Science and Technology of South Korea. During his undergraduate study, he spent a semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an exchange student.