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Jun Ho Son, PostDoc 2017

Advisor: Prof. Lee
Research Interests: Point-of-care diagnostics Micro/Nano fabrication Optoelectronics
Job Interests: Academic, industry

Ph.D. (2010), B.S. (2006), Materials Science and Engineering
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

Microfluidic Blood Plasma Separation for Point-of-Care Diagnostics [BPN730]
Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip (LOC) device for point-of-care (POC) diagnostics have been
widely developed for the rapid detection of infectious diseases such as HIV, TB and Malaria. Blood
plasma separation is an initial step for most blood-based diagnostics. Although, centrifuge method
is the classical bench-top technique, it is time and labor intensive, and therefore, automation
and integration of blood plasma separation in the LOC device is ideal for POC diagnostics. Here,
we propose a novel microfluidic blood plasma separation device for POC diagnostics. A membrane
filter for filtration was positioned on top of a vertical up-flow channel (filter-in-top
configuration) to reduce clogging of red blood cells (RBCs) by gravity-assisted cells
sedimentation to prevent hemolysis of RBCs. As a result, separated plasma volume was increased
about 4-fold (2.4 ÁL plasma after 20 min with human blood) and hemoglobin concentration in
separated plasma was decreased about 90 % due to the prevention of RBCs hemolysis in comparison to
a filter-in-bottom configuration. On-chip plasma contains ~90 % of protein and ~100 % of nucleic
acids compared to off-chip centrifuged plasma, showing comparable target molecules recovery. This
investigation will lead to a simple and reliable blood plasma separation device that can be
utilized by individuals with minimal training in resource-limited environments for POC diagnostics.

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