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Dr. Virgilio Valente

Assistant Professor
EducationBSc, MSc, PhD

Areas of Academic Interest

Wireless biosensors



Analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits

Biomedical circuits and systems



Year University Degree
2011 University College London PhD
2006 Aalborg University MSc
2004 University of York BSc

Courses Taught

Course Code Course
EES 604 Electronics and Sensors
BME 804 Design of Bio-MEMS


Virgilio Valente’s path towards a career in engineering wasn’t always easy. Having taken mostly classical studies in high school, Valente found his engineering program in university especially challenging, given his limited scientific background. But he persevered. “In a way, I think those classical courses – especially philosophy – actually helped me. They taught me to be patient,” says Valente. 

Since then, his journey has led him to studying, working and teaching in multiple countries and institutions – and now at Toronto Metropolitan University. His work is focused on the design of miniaturized wireless medical sensors that enable continuous and remote monitoring of a broad spectrum of health metrics, resulting in fewer hospitalizations, quicker diagnoses and overall better health outcomes. “We could take a full picture of a patient’s daily progress and not wait until they are in a critical condition,” says Valente. His research also explores how sensors could be used to remotely perform microinterventions. “We’re already thinking about how in 10 to 20 years from now, we could have systems as small as a grain of rice that operate autonomously inside patients’ bodies and support targeted therapies, local microsurgies and controlled drug release mechanisms,” says Valente.

 Virgilio's LinkedIn Profile (external link) 

“The most powerful aspect of teaching is the opportunity to pass along the knowledge that students, one day, can use to do something great.”

  • Senior Member, IEEE, 2020
  • EPSRC i-sense Mobility Fellowship, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, UCL Cullen Prize, 2008
  • Liu, Y., Urso, A., Martins Da Ponte, R., Costa, T., Valente, V., Giagka, V., Serdijn, W.A., Constandinou, T.G., Denison, T. Bidirectional Bioelectronic Interfaces: System Design and Circuit Implications. IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 30-46. Spring 2020, doi: 10.1109/MSSC.2020.2987506
  • V. Valente, N. Neshatvar, E. Pilavaki, M. Schormans and A. Demosthenous. 1.2-V Energy-Efficient Wireless CMOS Potentiostat for Amperometric Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, vol. 67, no. 10, pp. 1700-1704. Oct. 2020, doi: 10.1109/TCSII.2019.2944258
  • M. Schormans, D. Jiang, V. Valente and A. Demosthenous. Short-Range Quality-Factor Modulation (SQuirM) for Low Power High Speed Inductive Data Transfer. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, vol. 66, no. 9, pp. 3254-3265. Sept. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TCSI.2019.2922124
  • M. Schormans, V. Valente and A. Demosthenous. Practical Inductive Link Design for Biomedical Wireless Power Transfer: A Tutorial. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 1112-1130. Oct. 2018, doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2018.2846020
  • V. Valente, C. Eder, N. Donaldson and A. Demosthenous. A High-Power CMOS Class-D Amplifier for Inductive-Link Medical Transmitters. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 4477-4488. Aug. 2015, doi: 10.1109/TPEL.2014.2353214
  • Technical Committee Member, IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems 
  • Technical Program Committee Member, IEEE ICECS 2019 
  • Track Chair, IEEE APCCAS 2019