VLSI Design and System Integration for a USB Genetic Amplification Platform

  • Author / Creator
    Ho, Sunny
  • We demonstrate the feasibility of USB-powered portable genetic amplification. One of the central processes within medical or biological genetic methods is polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Through this amplification, more quantities of the specified genetic target can be obtained for analysis and testing. In this work we have designed a system that is able to perform PCR using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) link for power and communications. The significance of this is the portability and accessibility that comes with the USB based platform. The system is built around a custom VLSI CMOS chip which was designed to accommodate the functionalities required to perform PCR. The intended design and shortcomings of the VLSI chip, as well as characterization and optimization of the system will be discussed in this thesis. This work also includes the design and testing of system firmware, system integration, and demonstration of PCR through molecular diagnostic lab work.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Biomedical Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Backhouse, Christopher (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Elliott, Duncan (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Joseph, Dileepan (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Sanders, Sean (Chemical and Materials Engineering)