October 23, 2011

Fantastic to hear about a new, substantial U.S. government funding effort in microfluidics research! Last month a joint effort between the NIH, DARPA, and the FDA was announced to develop human-on-chip platforms to test drug candidates more efficiently and accurately....

October 6, 2011

Just came across this MICROmanufacturing Magazine interview with Wyss Institute Founding Director, Don Ingber, about their microfluidic organ-on-a-chip work led by Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh. Interesting to see the interview delve into a manufacturing question, highlig...

September 10, 2011

Cantaloupes are especially susceptible to contamination since microbes find it easy to live on their textured rinds. (Image credit: Brandon Quester/News21)


Could microfluidic technology help deliver safer food?  While most lab-on-a-chip devices are aimed at the medical...

September 26, 2010

Image credit: BIO Ventures for Global Health


0In the past few years, more diagnostics companies have been directing efforts toward global health. Many are hoping to tap into the “boomerang effect” — the concept that cheap technologies optimized for the developing world...

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 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...

January 17, 2010

What causes cancer cells to become metastatic, moving beyond their local environment to infiltrate other parts of the body? Some researchers have called metastasis “the most dangerous event in cancer,” and many believe that a better understanding of metastasis could le...

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