Student Profile: Siddarth Baskar

The MD2K Center has not only brought together the top investigators in mobile health, but also a group of dedicated student researchers who work with them. This is the first in a series of profiles of the Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral scholars who are working with the center.

Siddharth Baskar

Siddharth Baskar is a second-year Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University. Originally from Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Baskar earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Anna University in Chennai and master's degree from Ohio State.

Baskar has been working with Dr. Emre Ertin of Ohio State on the EasySense project, which seeks to develop sensors that will be able to detect physiological changes without the use of probes that are placed on the skin.

"With everything in our day-to-day lives becoming wireless, my advisor (Ertin) and I were interested in making an EKG sensor which could detect a heartbeat without the need for wires (contact probes)," Baskar said. That work led to the EasySense project, which is now part of the MD2K research effort.  Ertin is the Sensor Platform Technologist for MD2K.

Baskar's other research interests include radar, physical layer design, wireless health and microwave engineering.

He said he would like to "develop a next-generation inexpensive sensor that could warm patients beforehand about an oncoming health complication like a heart attack and potentially save their life."

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