Karim Sallaudin Karim

Professor, Executive Director for CBB, Associate Vice-President, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Contact InformationKarim Sallaudin Karim

Phone: 519-888-4567 x48336, 519-888-4567 x38336
Location: E7 1326A, E3 3143


Biography Summary

Karim Karim is a Professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, the Executive Director for the Center for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB), a Researcher in the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology, as well as the Director of Silicon Thin Film Applied Research, at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Karim’s research group investigated circuit, device and process development for large area electronics in the field of digital X-ray imaging for biomedical and bioengineering applications. The group also pioneered research in hybrid amorphous selenium-CMOS digital imagers where the group demonstrated the world’s first 5 um pixel pitch direct conversion digital X-ray imager that is capable of visualizing up to 60 lp/mm with high dose efficiency. Using this imager, his group pioneered a phase contrast X-ray micro-CT imaging tool with the potential to critically advance genomics by allowing the work to proceed in intact animals, tissues, and even single cells, which has not been possible in the past.

Professor Karim has received multiple awards and honours, including the 2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Science to Business Fellowship, the 2008 Ontario Early Researcher Award and is the founder and CTO of a UW spinoff company (KA Imaging). KA Imaging recently initiated a clinical trial at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario to image lung cancer patients with one of its products. In this ongoing trial up to 30 patients are being scanned to visualize lung nodules and lesions, with promising initial results.

Research Interests

  • Digital Imaging
  • Large area electronics
  • Semiconductor Fabrication


  • 2012, Masters of Business Administration, Health Sector Management, University of Toronto
  • 2002, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1999, Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • BME 489 - S/T in Biomedical Devices
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • ECE 192 - Eng Economics Impact Society
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • ECE 340 - Electronic Circuits 2
    • Taught in 2021
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Martuza, Muhammad A and Ghanbarzadeh, Sina and Lee, Czang-Ho and Con, Celal and Karim, Karim S, Nanocrystalline silicon lateral MSM photodetector for infrared sensing applications, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 65(2), 2018, 584 - 590
  • Karim, Karim S and Nathan, Arokia and Hack, Michael and Milne, William I, Drain-bias dependence of threshold voltage stability of amorphous silicon TFTs, IEEE Electron Device Letters, 25(4), 2004, 188 - 190
  • Karim, Karim S and Nathan, Arokia and Rowlands, John Alan, Amorphous silicon active pixel sensor readout circuit for digital imaging, IEEE transactions on electron devices, 50(1), 2003, 200 - 208
  • Maurino, Sebastian Lopez and Badano, Aldo and Cunningham, Ian A and Karim, Karim S, Theoretical and Monte Carlo optimization of a stacked three-layer at-panel x-ray imager for applications in multi-spectral diagnostic medical imaging, SPIE Medical Imaging, 01 2016
  • Scott, CC and Parsafar, A and El-Falou, A and Levine, PM and Karim, KS, High dose efficiency, ultra-high resolution amorphous selenium/CMOS hybrid digital X-ray imager, 2015 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), 01 2015, 30 - 6

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