Office of Undergraduate Research

Microfluidic Device Engineering

Microfluidics deals with the behavior, manipulation, and precise control of fluids at the microscopic level. It is a multi-disciplinary field that combines engineering, chemistry, physics, microtechnology and biotechnology, and is gaining recognition at universities and industries across the world. These devices, or lab-on-a-chip systems, may be used to mix, separate, and identify chemical and biological molecules, to test chemotaxis and galvanotaxis in bacteria and single-celled eukaryotes, and to observe various fluid dynamic applications. This technology can improve medical practices and would enhance research in nanotechnology, genomics, proteomics, genetics, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, water quality and environmental monitoring.

Procedures for the experimental analysis, such as concentration, separation, reaction and detection, are integrated in a microfluidic device. Our team has various research topics for the development of these devices and biosensors. Topics include: bio-affinity-based continuous separation and concentration of cells, stand-alone eukaryotes chemotaxis observation technique, biosensors for environmental gas monitoring, etc. We focus on the development and analysis of these lab-on-a-chip techniques and systems.

This project is located at the School of Freshwater Sciences: 600 E. Greenfield Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53204

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Tasks and responsibilities:

The student's job will be literature survey, fabrication of the microfluidic device and biosensors, and simulation and measurements using developed devices. The specific topic will be determined in interview.