Nir

              kaTchinskiy, phd

Edmonton, AB, Canada

katchins@ualberta.ca

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Objective

To improve the human condition by deploying innovative health solutions to tackle intractable problems in human suffering.

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Skills

·         Strong research and development, project management, grant writing, fund raising, and interpersonal skills.

·         6 years experience in design, development, and testing of medical devices and technology.

·         Hands-on experience with optics, mechanics, circuits, ultrafast laser oscillators and amplifiers, fiber lasers and fiber optics.

·         Experienced with simulation and programming tools: MATLAB, C++, ZEMAX optical simulation, SolidWorks 3D modeling, LabView, Lumerical FDTD electromagnetic simulation, COMSOL Multiphysics, Minitab, EAGLE CAD and SPICE PCB design.

·         Strong leadership, communication skills, collaboration with physicians and surgeons to develop technology.

·         Experienced with 2-photon, brightfield, fluorescent, confocal microscopy, HCS, SEM and TEM.

·         Proficient working with or programing of oscilloscopes, volt-meters, Arduino / AVR / PIC microcontrollers, and XBEE transceivers.

·         Experienced with soldering, surface mount, biological tissue handling and processing.

·        Languages:

o   Professional and academic working proficiency in English and Hebrew.

o   Fluent in Russian.

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Education

PHD, Electrical Engineering (Photonics / Biomedical) | University of Alberta

2012 – 2018

GPA: 3.9/4.0. NSERC CGS Award, AITF Award, QE II scholarship, recruitment award, SPIE education scholarship.

Recognized as “A world leader in biomedical engineering”

BSc, Electrical Engineering (Biomedical option) | University of Alberta

2008 – 2012

GPA: 3.9/4.0 with distinction

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Experience

R&D Optical Engineer | University of Alberta

2018 – present         R&D of Ophthalmic imaging and laser surgery devices

·         Design, development and prototyping of: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO) devices.

·         Performing optical design using ZEMAX.

·         Performing 3D design using SolidWorks.

·         Performing high speed optical scanning and data acquisition using LabView.

·         Integrating real-time ophthalmic imaging system with high-intensity short laser pulses (~50 femtosecond) towards developing novel medical device for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.

 

Electrical Engineering PhD | University of Alberta

2012 – 2018         R&D of medical device and technology

·         Design, development and prototyping of: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) equipment, photothermal cancer treatment, cancer targeting nano-plasmonics, glucose and vitals sensors, tissue/cell engineering technology.

·         Research and concept development of pulsed laser-tissue interaction, and photo-biomodulation.

·         Hands-on experience with high-intensity short laser pulse (~10 femtosecond) oscillators and pulse amplifiers towards developing novel medical therapies such as age-related macular degeneration, and cancer.

·         Worked with optical components and photonics analysis tools ZEMAX, Lumerical FDTD, and COMSOL Multiphysics.

·         Performed 3D design (SolidWorks) and printing, cellular and tissue handing, analysis and microscopy, biological assays, circuit design, PCB design and manufacturing.

·         Wrote scientific papers, patents, grant applications and performed fundraising. Obtained human / animal ethics.

·         Presented in international conference presentations.

·         Managed, taught and supervised undergraduate students.

Director of operations | Go Custom Builders

2013 - 2018

·         Performed estimating, budgeting, client communication, expectation management, and job site supervision of residential and commercial construction.

·         Business development, progress reporting, securing projects and ensuring adherence to Canadian construction standards.

Helpdesk Analyst | University of Alberta

2009 – 2015

·         Provided technical support to Linux, windows, and MAC users.

·         Maintained wireless networks, emails, and online storage support.

Renewable Resource R&D | Lakeland College

2011 – 2013

·         Researched and developed renewable resource monitoring devices.

·         Developed wireless data transfer using XBEE, performed PCB design and fabrication, and C++ programing.

·         Application and development of flow rate and radiation sensors, regulated power supplies, stationary and tracking solar panels, low noise signal amplification, wind turbines, and geothermal.

Head of Operations | IDF

2003 – 2008

·         Performed system administration of Unix, Linux, Windows, storage systems (EMC, NetAPP, IBM), VMWARE, backup systems, and IBM servers.

·         Performed and developed training materials for software testing (QA).

·         Project management, and team leading as captain in IDF.



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Teaching experience

 

Lab Instructor | University of Alberta

2014-2018: Course title: Engineering Physics Capstone Design Project

Duties: Evaluate the student's work and progress. Served as a mentor to assist with technical and theoretical questions

 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

President, SPIE University of Alberta chapter, 2014 – 2015.

Official advisor, Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (FEGRS), University of Alberta, 2013 – 2014.

Vice President Financials, FEGRS, University of Alberta, 2012 – 2013.

Vice President Academic Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association (ECEGSA), University of Alberta, 2012 – 2013.

Engineer in Training, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), 2012 – present.

Student Member, SPIE, 2011–present.

Vice President External, Golden Key, University of Alberta, 2009 – 2010.

Student Member, Golden Key, University of Alberta, 2009 – 2010

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SUPPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES

I am very passionate about sports and outdoor activities. I love skiing, cross country skiing, obstacle fit classes, and going to the gym. Since I was a boy, I always participated in sport activities such as gymnastics (professionally for 10 years), swimming and martial arts. These activities allow me to stay in shape, interact socially with people, build connections outside of the work environment and release stress.

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Awards

2016  SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

2015 – 2017 NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral        

2015  SPIE Student Author Travel Grant                                           

2014 – 2016 Alberta Innovates Technology Futures                                 

2014  Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship                               

2012—2013  University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship

2010—2011  CL Bell Memorial Prize                                                     

2009—2010  Talisman Engineering                                                                  

2008—2009  Engineering Academic Excellence Scholarship                     

2008—2009  University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship                            

2008—2009  International Student Scholarship                 

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Pulbications & presentations

Publications

1.       Katchinskiy, N., Godbout, R., Goez, H. R., Elezzabi, A. Y. (2014) Femtosecond Laser-Induced Cell-Cell Surgical Attachment. Lasers Surg. Med. 46: 335–341

2.       Nir Katchinskiy, Helly R. Goez, Indrani Dutta, Roseline Godbout & Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi (2016) Novel Method for Neuronal Nanosurgical Connection. Nature - Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep20529

3.       Nir Katchinskiy, Roseline Godbout, and Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi (2016) Characterization of femtosecond-laser pulse induced cell membrane nanosurgical attachment. Biomed. Opt. Express 7: 2749-2758

4.       Nir Katchinskiy, Roseline Godbout, Ali Hatef, Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi (2018) AntiEpCAM Gold Nanorods and Femtosecond Laser Pulses for Targeted Lysis of Retinoblastoma. Advanced Therapeutics 1 (1), 1800009 *

5.       Katchinskiy, N. Godbout R., Hatef A., Elezzabi A. Y., “Proof of concept: anti-EPCAM gold nanorods and femtosecond laser pulses for retinoblastoma treatment”. Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI 10685, 106850

6.       Katchinskiy, N., Godbout R., Elezzabi, A. Y. “Evidence of femtosecond-laser pulse induced cell membrane nanosurgery”. SPIE Photonics West – BiOS, San Francisco, California.

7.       Katchinskiy, N., Godbout, R., Goez, H. R., Elezzabi, A. Y. (2015) Hemifusion of Cells Using Femtosecond Laser Pulses. SPIE Photonics West – BiOS

8.       Katchinskiy, N., Dutta, I., Goez, H. R., Godbout, R., Elezzabi, A. Y. (2015) Femtosecond Laser Induced Attachment of Single Neurons. SPIE Photonics West - BiOS

9.       Katchinskiy, N., Kayala, G., Liu, K., Villasmil, D., Mandal, M. (2013) Efficient Design and Implementation of Electronic Nose. IASTED

10.   Baron, R., Katchinskiy, N., Baron, T. J. (2011) Web-based Application for Monitoring Performance of Combined Renewable Energy Systems. GCEC11

Conference Presentations

1.       Katchinskiy, N. Godbout R., Hatef A., Elezzabi A. Y., “Proof of concept: anti-EPCAM gold nanorods and femtosecond laser pulses for retinoblastoma treatment”. Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care VI, Strasbourg, April 2018.

2.       Katchinskiy, N., Godbout R., Elezzabi, A. Y. “Evidence of femtosecond-laser pulse induced cell membrane nanosurgery”. SPIE Photonics West – BiOS, San Francisco, California, February 2017.

3.       Katchinskiy, N., Godbout, R., Goez, H. R., Elezzabi, A. Y. “Hemifusion of Cells Using Femtosecond Laser Pulses”. SPIE Photonics West – BiOS, San Francisco, California, February 2015

4.       Katchinskiy, N., Dutta, I., Goez, H. R., Godbout, R., Elezzabi, A. Y. “Femtosecond Laser Induced Attachment of Single Neurons”. SPIE Photonics West – BiOS, San Francisco, California, February 2015

5.       Katchinskiy, N., Kayala, G., Liu, K., Villasmil, D., Mandal, M. “Efficient Design and Implementation of Electronic Nose”. IASTED, Banff, Alberta, July 2013

Five invited talks

 

Numerous news articles

 

Two patent applications