Jacobo Paredes, PhD. was born in Pontevedra (Spain) in 1984. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnun, the School of Engineering at the University of Navarra, in 2007. In 2008 he obtained his MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Navarra. He worked at CEIT, Spain, where he carried out his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering. Jacobo was also a lecturer at the School of Engineering at the University of Navarra in 2011 and 2012. His interests are focused on the design and fabrication of biosensors and bioMEMS for healthcare applications, micro total analysis systems, lab-on-a-chip devices, implantable devices, new diagnostic or therapeutic strategies, tissue engineering, etc. He is co-author of two patents in the field of biomedical instrumentation and a number of scientific and technical papers. Currently he is conducting a two-year post-doc research at the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Dorian Liepmann.
Development of Microfluidic Devices with Embedded Microelectrodes using Electrodeposition and Hot Embossing [BPN729]
The use of microfluidic devices has experienced a tremendous increase over the last years, especially valuable for healthcare applications. In this context plastic materials are increasingly relevant especially for large scale fabrication and commercialization. However plastics are still not widely used at the research level due to the lack of available inexpensive industrial–like fabrication equipment. In this work we describe a rapid and highly cost-effective approach for fabricating plastic microfluidic devices with embedded microelectrodes allowing 2D and 3D configurations. We present an interdigitated microelectrode configuration applied to impedance cytometry and cellular electroporation/lysis on chip devices as an example of the great potential of this technology. Our long-term goals are to further explore the potential of hot-embossed microscale devices as platforms for complete BioMEMS devices. This includes the integration of functionalized elements and silicon-based biosensors.