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Tiny Devices and Machines for Biology and Medicine

Speaker Rashid Bashir
Date: 4/5/2014
Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Location: 151 Everitt Lab
Event Type: Saturday

The convergence of engineering, biology, and medicine at the micro- and nanoscale has the potential to significantly impact health care and engineering. Microfluidic- and nanotechnology-based devices and systems can provide answers to pressing questions in medicine and biology. We will present our work in early diagnostics of infectious disease, point-of-care blood cell counters, detection of live bacteria in biochips, and early detection of cancer using nanosensors.

While engineers can fabricate these systems with silicon, plastics, metals, and more, building non-natural systems with cells represents a new frontier. Can we fabricate cellular and machine systems that are as powerful as biological systems? We will also discuss this exciting new direction at the interface of biology, 3-D printing, and micro-fabrication as it leads to the development of biological micro-robots that may someday be used for autonomous sensing and actuation.