Weekly Seminar by Associate Professor Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani - Novel Microfluidic Systems for Biomedical Research

Weekly Seminar by Associate Professor Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani - Novel Microfluidic Systems for Biomedical Research

Event Name Weekly Seminar by Associate Professor Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani - Novel Microfluidic Systems for Biomedical Research
Start Date 30 Jul 2019 1:00 pm
End Date 30 Jul 2019 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour
Description

Associate Professor Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani from School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, will give a weekly seminar, Novel Microfluidic Systems for Biomedical Research, on Tuesday 30th July, 1 - 2pm in 4WW 322 seminar room. All welcome!

Abstract

Microfluidics, a technology characterized by the engineered manipulation of fluids at the micro-scale, has shown considerable promise in point-of-care diagnostics and clinical research. Microfluidic platforms are creating powerful tools for cell biologists to control the complete cellular microenvironment, leading to new questions and new discoveries. By simply miniaturizing macroscopic systems and taking advantage of the possibility of massive parallel processing, some microfluidic chips enable high-throughput biological experiments such as cell sorting, single cell analysis, PCR, ELISA and chromatography. More recently, 3D organ-on-a-chip systems have been emerged as powerful tools for cell biologists to control the complete cellular microenvironment, leading to new questions and new discoveries. In our group, we are using advanced microfabrication techniques to build simple to use microfluidics devices to mimic live organ physiology. We recently developed a temporarily sealed microfluidic stamping device (2D) which utilizes a novel valve design for patterning various cell types to study cell-cell interactions in a multitude of applications. We are also developing novel 3D microfluidic devices to quantify behavior of cells within mixed, structurally complex populations and systems which I will present in this seminar. Such devices, methods, and associated computational analysis of time lapsed responses can aid in creating in vitro assays that more accurately mimic conditions in vivo.

Biography

Dr Warkiani is an Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, UTS, Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore), and undertook postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA). He is also a member of Institute for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD) and Center for Health Technologies (CHT) at UTS. Dr Warkiani’s current research activities focus on three key areas of (i) Microfluidics involving the design and development of novel microfluidic systems for particle and cell sorting (e.g., circulating tumor cells, fetal cells & stem cells) for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, (ii) Organ-on-a-chips involving the fabrication and characterization of novel 3D lab-on-a-chip systems (e.g., Lung-on-a-chip, Tumour-on-a-chip) to model physiological functions of tissues and organs, and (iii) 3D Printing involving the design and development of novel miniaturized systems (e.g., micromixers, micro-cyclones) for basic and applied research.

For more information about his research group, visit: www.warkianilab.com

Weekly seminar schedule can be found here

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