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Leo Belostotski



Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

Canada Research Chair (Tier II)

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

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Office: +1 (403) 210-5426


Educational Background

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary, 2007

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2000

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, 1997


Leonid Belostotski received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and PhD degree from the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, in 2007. He was an RF Engineer with Murandi Communications Ltd., Calgary, from 2001 to 2004. He is currently a professor with the University of Calgary and holds the Canada Research Chair in High-Sensitivity Radiometers and Receivers. His current research interests include RF and mixed-signal ICs, high-sensitivity receiver systems, antenna arrays, and terahertz systems. Dr. Belostotski was a recipient of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques-11 Contest on Creativity and Originality in Microwave Measurements in 2008 and the Outstanding Student Designer Award from Analog Devices, Inc., in 2007. He is the IEEE Southern Alberta Solid-State, Circuits and Circuits and Systems Chapter’s Chair. He was previously an associate editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT. He is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS MAGAZINE.



To cite, please use: L. Belostotski et al. "Low-noise-amplifier (LNA) performance survey." [Online]. Available: https://schulich.ucalgary.ca/contacts/leo-belostotski


Graduate students:

    Thisara Kulatunga, PhD candidate, July 2018 to present (Neural-Network Backpropagation acceleration)
    Hao Xie, PhD candidate, January 2017 to present (Multi-beam beamforming)
    Zahra Kabirkhoo, PhD candidate, September 2019 to present (8b 10GS/s ADCs for radio astronomy)
    Greg Wong, MSc, September 2021 to present (Cryogenic PLL)
    Marwa Safa, MSc, September 2022 to present (Cryogenic LNA)
    Ismail Majed, MSc, September 2022 to present (Cryogenic ADC)
    Shiva Radmanesh, MSc, September 2022 to present (Co-supervised with Dr. Moshirpour) (Telescope control)
    Bechara Daou, PhD, May 2022 to present (Co-supervised with Dr. Nielsen) (Q-enhanced filters)
    Peter Shmerko, MSc, September 2023 to present (Optical interferometer)


  • Dr. Arash Hejazi (High-speed ADCs), Jan 2022 to April 2022, Jan 2023 - Oct 2024
  • Dr. Deeksha Verma (High-speed ADCs), Aug. 2022 to Dec 2024


  •  Alireza Tabesh, MSc, September 2021 to January 2024; Thesis title: "Arrays of Superconducting Resonators Exhibiting Kinetic Inductance for Parametric Amplification at Cryogenic Temperatures"
  • Mohammad Radpour, PhD, July 2017 to Sept 2023; Thesis title: "Low-Noise Amplifier and Noise/Distortion Shaping Beamformer"
  • Alireza Imani, MSc, January 2021 to Sept 2023 (Co-supervised with Dr. Moshirpour); Thesis title: "Effective Control System Framework Selection through Checklist-based Software Quality Evaluation" 
  • Mark Lai, MSc, September 2019 to September 2022; Thesis title: "300-1500 MHz Broadband LNA for the Canadian Hydrogen Observatory and Radio-transient Detector"
  • Alex Sheldon, PhD candidate, September 2016 to May 2022; Thesis title: "Cryogenic Noise-Parameter Measurement and the Design of Cryo-CMOS Circuits"
  • Roshaan Ali, MSc, January 2018 to November 2021; Thesis title: "Impact of Delays on Antenna-Array Noise"
  • Donuwan Navaratne, PhD, September 2012 to August 2022; Thesis title: "High-Linearity Low Noise Amplifiers and Receivers for Global Positioning Systems"
  • Mohamed Balla Elamien Mohamed, PhD, Sept 2017 to April 2021 (Co-supervised with Dr. Maundy); Thesis title: "Theory and Applications of Minimal-Transistor Circuits in High-Frequency Communication Systems"
  • Nan Zhang, PhD, September 2014 to January 2021; Thesis title: "Millimeter-wave and Sub-Terahertz Parametric Harmonic Generation"
  • Zhixing (Lincoln) Zhao, PhD, January 2010 to January 2021 (Co-supervised with Dr. Magierowski); Thesis title: "Integrated CMOS Parametric Receiver Design for Short-range and High Data-rate Wireless Communication"
  • Eugene Zailer, PhD, September 2012 to April 2019; Thesis title: "A Completely Integrated Warm-IF Receiver and a 10GS/s Analog-Delay Pipeline ADC for Radio-Telescope Applications"
  • Santosh Nath, MSc, September 2017 to July 2019 (Co-supervised with Dr. Messier); Thesis title: "Channel Characteristics And Receiver Performance Analysis Of Mud Pulse Telemetry System"
  • Shawn Huang, MSc, Sept 2015 to June 2018; Thesis title: "Extraction of Noise Parameters for Single-Ended Components Inside a Differential Circuit Using Single-Ended Equipment"
  • Thisara Kulatunga, MSc, January 2016 to April 2018; Thesis title: "400-to-800MHz Low-Noise Amplifier for Radio Astronomy"
  • Supun De Silva, MSc, Sept 2015 to Feb. 2018; Thesis title: "Modeling of Antenna Arrays and Mutual Coupling between Array Elements Using S-Parameters"
  • Vahid Asgari, MSc, September 2014 to July 2017; Thesis title: "Wideband Linear 28-nm CMOS Variable-Gain Amplifier"
  • Michael Himmelfarb, MSc, September 2013 to January 2016 Thesis title: "Measurement of Amplifier and Mixer Noise Parameters"
  • Hao Xie, MSc, September 2012 to September 2015 Thesis title: "A 460 GHz CMOS Substrate-Integrated-Waveguide Slot Antenna"
  • Hossein Taghavi, PhD, September 2009 to June 2015 Thesis title: "A CMOS Optical Receiver for the Square Kilometer Array Radio Telescope"
  • Saeed Rezaei Nazifi, PhD, September 2009 to December 2014 (Co-supervised with Dr. Ghannouchi) Thesis title: "Continuous-Mode Power Amplifiers for Broadband Power Efficient Wireless Applications"
  • Ge Wu, PhD, September 2008 to October 2014 (Co-supervised with Dr. Haslett) Thesis title: "A Broadband Variable-Gain Amplifier and a Broadband Self-Calibrated High-Sensitivity Power Detector for the Square Kilometre Array"
  • Chris Henrikson, MSc, January 2010 to April 2014 (Co-supervised with Dr. Magierowski) Thesis title: "Integrated Radio Frequency Isolator"
  • Delaram Shahhosseini, MSc, September 2010 to October 2012 Thesis title: "A Computer-Aided Design Assistant Tool for Elementary Linear Circuit Topologies"
  • Behzad Dehlaghi-Jadid, MSc, September 2009 to January 2012 (Co-supervised with Dr. Magierowski) Thesis title: "On-Chip Circuits for Jitter Measurement and Signal Capture with Sub-Picosecond Resolution"
  • Mohamed Ibrahim, PhD, September 2007 to January 2012 (Co-supervised with Dr. Haslett) Thesis title:" An Analytical Method for Noise Figure Optimization of Fully Integrated Inductively Degenerated SiGe HBT LNAs"
  • Aaron Beaulieu, MSc, September 2008 to September 2011 Thesis title: "Wideband MEMS-Based Impedance Tuner for Source-Pull Noise-Parameter Measurement"
  • Peyman Ahmadi, MSc, September 2009 to Jule 2011 (Co-supervised with Dr. Maundy) Thesis title: "High Quality Factor Asymmetric-slope Band-pass Filters"
  • Donuwan Navaratne, MSc, September 2008 to July 2011 Thesis title:"Wide-band Low-Noise CMOS Amplification Stage for a Square Kilometer Array Receiver"
  • Zhao (Lincoln) Zhixing, MSc, September 2008 to December 2010 (Co-supervised with Dr. Magierowski) Thesis title: "Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Parametric Frequency Converters"

Former postdocs:

  • Dr. Habib Rastegar (High-speed ADCs), Nov 2021 to Oct. 2023
  • Dr. Mohamed Balla Elamien Mohamed (High-speed ADCs), April 2017 to Jan. 2022
  • Dr. Nan Zhang (High-speed ADCs), Feb 2021 - Aug 2021
  • Dr. Sanjeev Jain (THz and RF VCOs), May 2016 - Aug 2017
  • Dr. Ge Wu, (High speed ADCs), Jan. 2015 - Oct 2017
  • Dr. Mukesh Kulsreshath (THz bolometers and receivers) Feb. 15 - Mar. 2016
  • Dr. Yongsheng Xu, Postdoc (ADC ICs), Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2013
  • Dr. Rashdan, Postdoc Co-supervised with Dr. Haslett) (SerDes)
  • Dr. Mahbub Reja, Postdoc (ICs, LNAs, filters) May 2011-Sep. 2011
  • Dr. Rola Baki, Postdoc (ICs, LNAs) Jan. 2010-Dec. 2011


Areas of Research

RF and mm-wave integrated circuit, High-sensitivity receivers, Beamforming

Our research areas of focus include various aspects of RF and mm-wave circuits and systems, mixed-signal circuits, and beamforming networks. We have demonstrated ultra-sensitive room-temperature low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), novel noise-parameter measurement systems, new types of analog-to-digital converts, and unique beamforming solutions. For more information please contact Dr. Belostotski.

Cryogenic circuits and measurement methods

This is a new area for us. With the development of quantum computing, there is renewed interest in cryogenically cooled circuits.  We have a cryogenic probe station and noise-parameter measurement equipment. Our first few designs are either in fabrication or already undergoing measurements. More to come!

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
ENEL 567 CMOS Analog Circuit Design Fall 2023
ENEL 617 RF Integrated Circuit Design Winter 2023
ENEL 647 Analog Inte Circuit Design Fall 2023



To cite, please use: L. Belostotski et al. "Low-noise-amplifier (LNA) performance survey." [Online]. Available: https://schulich.ucalgary.ca/contacts/leo-belostotski


  • Schulich Research Excellence Award, The University of Calgary. 2023
  • Achivement in Innovation, University of Calgary. 2018
  • Research Achievenement Award, Schulich School of Engineering. 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer, IEEE. 2017
  • WAGS-UMI Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, Western Association of Graduate Schools. 2017
  • GREAT Supervisor Award, The University of Calgary. 2016
  • Outstanding teaching performance, The University of Calgary. 2016
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, The University of Calgary. 2016
  • Research Excellence Award, The University of Calgary. 2015
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, Schulich Research Excellence Award. 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, The University of Calgary. 2015
  • CRC Tier II chair, 2013
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, The University of Calgary. 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, 2013
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance, The University of Calgary. 2013
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance (2012-2016 Academic Years), The University of Calgary. 2016
  • Dean's recognition of Undegraduate Teaching Performance, The University of Alberta. 2011
  • Nominated for Student Union Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Calgary. 2010
  • The winner of IEEE Microwave Theory and Technique contest on “Creativity and Originality in Microwave Measurements”, IEEE. 2008
  • L. Belostotski and J.W. Haslett “Ultra Low Noise Wide Band CMOS LNAs for Next Generation Radio Telescopes,”, CMC Mycrosystems. 2007
  • Outstanding Student Designer Award, Analog Devices Inc. 2007


  • Low Noise Amplifiers. L. Belostotski and J.W. Haslett. Emerging Wireless Technologies: Circuits, Systems, and Devices. (2007)

In the News

  • Square Kilometer Array Telescope developments. Calgary Herald. (2011)