Tue09Apr20194:00 pmLewis Hall 101
Colloquium: Microfluidics - Thinking Small to Improve Biological Research
Glenn M. Walker
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Mississippi
Microfluidics: Thinking Small to Improve Biological Research
Microfluidics is the study of fluid behavior at micrometer length scales and the development of devices that leverage microscale fluid phenomena. A major focus of the field has been on solving problems in biology since biological cells typically range in size from 1–20 micrometers and are difficult to manipulate with traditional instruments. Researchers have been able to exploit the manipulation of fluid volumes down to the picoliter to enable biological experiments that were previously impossible. This talk will cover some of the microscale phenomena that become dominant at micrometer lengths and also show examples of enabling biological experiments. Research from our lab on high throughput screening and cancer cell hypoxia will also be presented.