Office: Research 2 - Room 8112
Microfluidics Technology, Optical Microscopy, and Spectroscopy
Microfluidics technology holds promise to revolutionize the healthcare industry by providing point-of-care devices for diagnostics and therapeutics. In addition, microfluidics can advance current biomedical research by providing a finer level of control of reactions and permitting novel bioassays. One area of research in my lab is the development of new diagnostic tools by integrating microfluidic devices with laser spectroscopy for high throughput analysis and sorting biological samples. The goal of this research is to improve early cancer detection and treatment of diabetes, among other medical applications. Optical microscopy is another research focus. Optical microscopy, in particular fluorescence microscopy, has advanced to a level that allows unprecedented study of biological processes in real-time on the single molecule level. My lab is working in collaboration with the Advanced Microscopy Core and the Light Microscopy Facility to apply STimulated Emission Depletion (STED) Microscopy, Fluorescence Lifetime Imagining Microscopy (FLIM), and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) for understanding biological systems on the cellular and molecular level.