Sandro Carrara


Biography and current work


Sandro Carrara is an IEEE Fellow for his outstanding record of accomplishments in the field of design of nanoscale biological CMOS sensors. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in 2016 for his leadership in the emerging area of co-design in Bio/Nano/CMOS interfaces. He is a faculty member (MER) at the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland), and head of the "Bio/CMOS Interfaces" (BCI) research group. He is former professor of optical and electrical biosensors at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Biophysics (DIBE) of the University of Genoa (Italy) and former professor of nanobiotechnology at the University of Bologna (Italy). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics from University of Padua (Italy), a Master degree in Physics from University of Genoa (Italy), and a diploma in Electronics from National Institute of Technology in Albenga (Italy). His scientific interests are on electrical phenomena of nano-bio-structured films, and include CMOS design of biochips based on proteins and DNA. Along his carrier, he published 7 books, one as author with Springer on Bio/CMOS interfaces and, more recently, a Handbook of Bioelectronics with Cambridge University Press. He has more than 250 scientific publications and is author of 13 patents. He is now Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Sensors Journal, the largest journal among 180 IEEE publications; he is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioNanoScience by Springer, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is a member of the IEEE Sensors Council and his Executive Committee. He was a member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Circuits And Systems Society (CASS). He has been appointed as IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2017-2019, and CASS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2013-2014. His work received several international recognitions: several Top-25 Hottest-Articles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and two times in 2012) published in highly ranked international journals such as Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Sensors and Actuators B, IEEE Sensors journal, and Thin Solid Films; a NATO Advanced Research Award in 1996 for the original contribution to the physics of single-electron conductivity in nano-particles; five Best Paper Awards at the Conferences IEEE NGCAS in 2017 (Genoa), MOBIHEALTH in 2016 (Milan), IEEE PRIME in 2015 (Glasgow), in 2010 (Berlin), and in 2009 (Cork); three Best Poster Awards at the EMBEC Conference in 2017 (Tampere, Finland), Nanotera workshop in 2011 (Bern), and NanoEurope Symposium in 2009 (Rapperswil). He also received the Best Referees Award from the journal Biosensor and Bioelectronics in 2006. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of an international committee at the ELETTRA Synchrotron in Trieste. From 2000 to 2003, he was scientific leader of a National Research Program (PNR) in the filed of Nanobiotechnology. He was an internationally esteemed expert of the evaluation panel of the Academy of Finland in a research program for the years 2010-2013. He has been the General Chairman of the Conference IEEE BioCAS 2014, the premier worldwide international conference in the area of circuits and systems for biomedical applications


Diplôme en électronique, à l'Institut technique de Albenga (Italie),
Master en Physique, Université de Gênes (Italie),
Doctorat en biochimie de biophysique, Université de Padoue (Italie),


IEEE Sensors Journal

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

BioNanoScience by Springer

Associate Editor

IEEE T. on Biomedical Circuits and Systems

Board of Conferences

2018: IEEE MeMeA (Co-General Chair)
2017: IEEE BioCAS (TPC Chair)
2016: IEEE ICECS (TPC Chair) - IEEE ISCAS (Special Session Chair)
2015: IEEE BioCAS (TPC Chair) - IEEE Sensors Conference (Demos Chair)
2014: IEEE BioCAS (General Chair)
2012: IEEE BioCAS
2010: IEEE BioCAS
2009: Nano-Net

Sandro Carrara

Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche
Private phone : [+41 79] 24 88 632
Fax : [+41 21 69] 34 225
Nationality : Italian
Birth date : 17.05.1964

Fields of Expertise

  • Research___________________________
  • 1. Thin Film Biophysics
  • 2. Nanotechnology
  • 3. CMOS design
  • Teaching (courses)________________
  • 1. "Electrical engineering science and technology" (in French) in the BS program on Material Science and Engineering
  • 2. "IC design I" (in French) in the BS program for Electrical Engineering
  • 3. "Bio-nano-chip design" (in English) in the MS program for Electrical Engineering
  • 4 "Analog circuits for biochip" (in English) in the MS program for Electrical Engineering
  • 5. "Electrochemical nano-bio-sensing and bio/CMOS interfaces" (in English) in the EDMI Doctoral School, available for EDEE PhD students too