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Merz Reception


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School of Engineering,

Newcastle University, NE1 7RU, UK

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Current Team

Dr Patrick Degenaar

Reader in Neuroprosthesis

I am a reader in neuroprosthetics and the team leader of the neuroprosthetics lab here in Newcastle University, which I set up in 2010. I received a first class (Hons.) degree in applied physics and an M.Res. Degree in surface science from Liverpool University, Liverpool, U.K., in 1996 and 1997, respectively. After a short period as a medical engineering technician, in Northern Ireland, I went on study a Ph.D. in the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, which I completed in 2001. I then tried a period in the software Industry in the Netherlands, but got bored and went on to an initial post-doctoral researcher position in the Physics dept, Imperial College, London.  I was gong to go back to Industry but another research position in Bioengineering caught by interest. Then in 2003 -2005 I started becoming interested in optogenetics and I received an RCUK fellowship and lectureship to explore the new technology for applications in retinal prosthesis in 2005. I was further promoted to senior lecturer in 2008, but decided to move to Newcastle in 2010 to work with the Institute of Neuroscience.  Between 2010-2014, I coordinated the Eur2.1M OptoNeuro FP7 project ( to develop an optogenetic retinal prosthesis. Since then I have been the engineering workpackage leader the a £10M CANDO project ( to develop an optogenetic prosthesis to negate seizures in epileptic patients.


My Google scholar is here.

My ORID is here.

Dr Ahmed Soltan

Academic Visitor

Ahmed Soltan received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronics and communication from Cairo University in 2014. He is currently working as a research associate at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University. His current research interests is about energy harvesting systems, power management and thermal modelling and behavior for implementable biomedical devices. He is interested in embedded system design for lab-on-chip system. He is also interested in the investigation of fractional circuits and systems, specifically in fractional order analog filters for signal processing and fractional order modelling for biomedical applications.

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Dimitris Firfilionis

Research Assistant & PhD Student

I received my MEng degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 2016 from Newcastle University. In August 2016 I joined the CANDO project as a research assistant, working on embedded systems and system integration. I recently started a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Degenaar, with a main focus on neural implantable devices for optogenetic applications.

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Banafsaj Rasool

PhD Student

I received my BSc degree from Nahrain University, Iraq, 2010. And first class MSc degree from Newcastle University, UK,2016. I awarded Santander Mobility award in 2017. I’m Currently PhD student under Supervision of Dr. Patrick Degenaar. My work is primarily focused on design and implantation of wireless ultrasonic data and powering of implantable medical devices.

Yu Liu

PhD Student

I received my BEng degree (Automation & Control) from Jilin University, China, 2015, and MSc degree (Wireless Embedded System) with distinction from Newcastle University, UK, 2017. I’m currently PhD student under supervision of Dr. Patrick Degenaar, with current focus on design of wireless data and power transmission of implantable devices and design of the optogenetic visual prothesis.

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Research Associate

Ahmed Soltan (2014-2019)

Jun Luo (2015-2019)

Reza Ramezani (2015-2019)

Fahimeh Dekhoda (2014-2017)

Soumya Laha (2014-2015)

Walid Al Atabany (2010-2014)

Rolando Berlinguer (2010-2014)

Kamyar Mehran (2011-2013)

Arfan Ghani (2011-2012)

 Brian McGovern (2007-2010)

Konstantin Nikolic (2006-2009)

 Muthu Murugeson (2007-2008)


Lijuan Xia (2014-2019)

Nabeel Fattah (2013-2017)

Ali Alameer (2014-2018)

Austin Ogweno (2014-2018)

Graeme Coapes (2012-2016)

Hubin Zhao (2012-2016)

Musa Al Yaman (2012-2015)

Jun Luo (2011-2014)

Tassanai Parrittoloporn (2007-2011)

Walid Al Atabany (2007-2010)

Nir Grossman (2006-2009)

Academic Visitor

Prof. Nahed Solouma

Dr Hwa Jeong Kim

Dr Muhammed Memon

Dr Walid Al Atabany

Mr Giovanni Passeti