April 29, 2010

Microfluidic devices have been described as  “computer chips with plumbing.”  But could microfluidics actually be used for computation?  Manu Prakash thinks so.  As a student in Neil Gershenfeld’s lab at MIT, Prakash developed a system of microfluidic devices that use...

April 28, 2010

Last week I wrote about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) microfluidics and mentioned the overlap with theDIY Bio movement.  However, the potential applications for DIY (or low-cost) microfluidics techniques are broader than DIY Bio alone.

 

The truth is, everyone wants to...

April 27, 2010

I’m happy to announce that Michael Vahey, a former colleague from the Voldman lab at MIT, has won this year’s Senturia Prize for his Ph.D. thesis work on a novel microfluidic technique for separating and characterizing cells according to their electrical properties. Th...

April 23, 2010

One of the most fun things about microfluidics is watching them in action.

 

Reminiscent of the famous (well, famous within microfluidics circles) 1999 Science cover by Felice Frankel and the Whitesides group, this video from the Folch lab demonstrates theconcept of lami...

April 21, 2010

 

Image credit: Kumar, Smith, Pappas 2009

 

Lately there’s been talk about the DIY Bio movement enabling individuals to do real biology without being part of a university/company lab.  Given its potential for low-cost and quick prototyping, microfluidics seems to have pro...

April 20, 2010

If you’re interested in international development and microfluidics, check out Jose Gomez-Marquez’s group at MIT — they’re at the forefront of creating technologies for global health as part of the Innovations in International Health (IIH) program.  Gomez-Marquez has a...

April 16, 2010

I’m currently reading Daniel Pink’s Free Agent Nation, which discusses how the availability of technology has enabled people to do certain types of work (e.g. software development, graphic design) from their homes as part of a modern cottage industry.  It got me thinki...

April 15, 2010

 

If you’re interested in how microfluidics can be applied to global health, check out the upcoming World Health Medical Technology Conference at Boston University on May 17th.  While there are many types of technology that can be applied to global health problems (see...

April 14, 2010

Claros Diagnostics, who spoke at the first FluidicMEMS event, is on a roll. In the past few weeks their microfluidic technology for monitoring levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) has been covered in both Technology Review and Popular Science (April 2010 issue)....

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