Abstract Impedimetric analysis on adherently growing cells by micro-electrodes provides information related to cell number, cell adhesion and cellular morphology. In this study, cell-based biosensor with micro-electrode arrays (MEAs) was used to monitor the culture behavior of mammalian cancer cells and evaluate the chemosensitivity of anti-cancer drugs using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The platinum electrode arrays were fabricated by semiconductor technology to a 10 × 10 pattern, with diameter of 80 μm of each electrode. The human oesophageal cancer cell lines (KYSE 30) were cultured on the surface of the electrodes with the pre-coated fibronectin, the connecting protein for tumor cells metastasis and adhesion in extracellular matrix. Morphology changes during cells adhesion, spreading, and proliferation can be detected by impedimetric analysis in a real time and non-invasive way. Cisplatin was added to cells for potential drug screening applications. The experimental results show that this well-known anti-cancer drug has characteristic chemosensitivity effects on KYSE 30 cells which can be detected by MEA. Thus, this cell-based chip provides a useful analytical method for cancer research.