Spring 2013 IAB & Research Review
March 6 - 8
Microfluidics Components for Point-of-Care Diagnostic Applications
The development of miniaturized devices brings a new realm of precision and efficiency for point-of-care diagnostic applications when health care becomes more personalized. Low-cost, low-power and high performance microfluidic components play pivotal roles in the future of point-of-care diagnostic systems. I will talk some of the progresses in my lab from components to integrated microfluidic systems, including: (1) finger-powered pumps; (2) low leakage diodes via optoflulidic lithography; (3) continuous flow “rail-and-trap” processors for autonomous bead-based diagnostics; and (4) bead-in-droplet solution exchange systems. Future directions will also be discussed.