CECS welcomes speakers from a variety of engineering and computer science backgrounds to participate in on-campus seminars and workshops.

Seminars are held regularly during the Fall and Winter semesters from 11:30am-12:30pm in 1410/1420 PEC followed by a light lunch. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are welcome to attend. 

CECS Seminar Series: Dr. Shuichi Takayama

"Biomedical Micro- and Nanofluidics" 

February 24, 2017, 11:30am-12:30pm

1410/1420 PEC

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There is great need to improve the healthcare system through more efficient development of therapeutics and diagnostics. This presentation will give an overview of efforts in our laboratory to contribute to this need through development of microfluidic systems to control cell microenvironments and to perform high precision biochemical measurements. Microfluidic technologies to be discussed include computer-controlled microfluidics, self-switching microfluidic transistor circuitry, microfluidics that utilize aqueous two phase droplets, and fracture fabrication of tunable nanochannels. Specific biomedical applications that will be discussed include lung-on-a-chip, microfluidic assisted reproductive technologies and in vitro fertilization, heartbeat-on-a-chip, chromatin analysis in fracture-fabricated nanochannels, and protein biomarker analysis. The long-term goal is to create miniature patients-on-a-chip for understanding disease mechanisms, testing drugs, performing better cell-based therapies, and validating protein biomarkers. 

About the Speaker: Prof. Shuichi Takayama’s research interests (B.S. & M.S. from the University of Tokyo, Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute) started with organic synthesis.  Subsequently he pursued postdoctoral studies in bioengineered microsystems at Harvard University as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fellow.  He is currently Professor at the University of Michigan in the Biomedical Engineering Department and Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program. He is an associate editor of Integrative Biology. Research topics include microfluidic models of the body such as the oviduct, lung, gut, and cancer metastasis.  He also develops aqueous two phase system micropatterning technologies, studies timing and rhythms of cell signaling, constructs self-switching fluidic circuits, and performs nanofluidic single strand chromatin analysis.  Awards and honors include the NSF CAREER award, Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize, and AIMBE Fellow. Disclosures: Co-founder & shareholder PHASIQ, Inc. Accepted position at Georgia Tech / Emory starting in summer 2017.