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BioMEMS Seminar

posted Mar 23, 2009, 9:55 PM by President UBCFizz
Don't miss the last lecture of the term in the Fizz/Physsoc Seminar Series:

BioMEMS - Bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems

Who: Dr Karen Cheung
What: Lab-on-a-chip devices & microfabricated implants
When: Tuesday, March 24th, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Hennings 201
What else: Free snacks and drinks!

Please see the abstract from Dr Cheung below:

    "Bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems (BioMEMS) comprise a wide range
of applications, including lab-on-a-chip devices and microfabricated
implants. One project in our group investigates a hydrogel-based
microfluidic device to culture and characterize breast cancer cells for
screening of anti-cancer agents. By integrating traditional lab processes
such as incubation and assaying in a closed lab-on-a-chip device, a much
smaller number of cells, as obtained in needle biopsies, can be examined.
Such a system can be used to track and characterize individual cells, and
reduce the costs and time for diagnostic and drug screening assays. In
another project, our group will develop flexible, polymer-based implantable
microelectrode arrays for recording from neural tissue. We focus on
improving the biocompatibility of the implants through surface coatings
which will minimize protein adsorption and reduce tissue reaction to the
implants, with applications in long-term implants for neural prosthetics.
    The BioMEMS group is part of the larger Microsystems and Nanotechnology
(MiNa, www.mina.ubc.ca) Research Group at UBC, which includes 17 faculty
members in departments spanning Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, and
Materials Engineering as well as Physics."