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Microfluidics

Microfluidicsnoun "the science and technology of manipulating and controlling fluids, usually in the range of microliters (10-6) to picoliters (10-12)"

In conjunction with researchers from Brandeis University, I worked with a team to develop a low-cost microfluidics platform to make experimenting with gene mutation cheaper and easier.

 A close-up taken by our "high-magnitude" camera (really, a cheap live cam + a $30 telephoto lens we found on ebay) of our electrodes merging/sorting uL cells

A close-up taken by our "high-magnitude" camera (really, a cheap live cam + a $30 telephoto lens we found on ebay) of our electrodes merging/sorting uL cells

 The full-stack platform we built. It uses uL pumps to generate droplets, a laser to interrogate them, and uM-size electrodes to sort droplets based on protein fluorescence.   I led our team and wrote the software that ran on an FPGA and NI microcontroller to interrogate + sort droplets at 1k/min. Super cool.

The full-stack platform we built. It uses uL pumps to generate droplets, a laser to interrogate them, and uM-size electrodes to sort droplets based on protein fluorescence. 

I led our team and wrote the software that ran on an FPGA and NI microcontroller to interrogate + sort droplets at 1k/min. Super cool.

 Our happy research team is still using the machine to this day

Our happy research team is still using the machine to this day