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A Programmable Microfluidic Processor for Space Exploration, Biomolecule Detection, and Organ Chips

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Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents:

Jungkyu (Jay) Kim, PhD

University of Utah

Abstract: Microfluidic technologies have been utilized in multiple research fields, providing advantages in fluid handling capabilities, scalability, robustness, and automation. However, most microfluidic devices are designed for a specific application to perform a single task or a limited set of tasks. Recently, much effort has been devoted to the development of a programmable microfluidic processor (PMP) that are analogous to digital electronic processors – all that is needed to implement a new assay is a change in the order of operations conducted by the device. Technically, this talk will introduce a fundamental principle of PMPs and discuss recent applications of PMPs in diverse fields. Specific topics to be presented include: (i) a fully automated antibody-based biomarker analysis, (ii) chemical analysis in planetary exploration to search for life signature, and (iii) a biomimetic heart valve flow profile generator for valvular mechanobiology study. Prospects, challenges and future concepts for this emerging technology will also be presented.

Bio: Prof. Jungkyu (Jay) Kim’s research interests started with cell and tissue biomechanics and orthopedic implants. Subsequently, he pursued doctoral studies in bioengineered microsystems at the University of Utah. After postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley and assistant professor at Texas Tech, he is currently an associate professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His current research topics include organ chip models of the heart valve and cornea, point-of-care diagnostics using novel biosensors, and instrument development for space exploration using micro/nanosystems. He is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports as well as other scientific journals.

Invited by: CK Choi

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