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SELECTBIO Conferences Innovations in Microfluidics 2020

Albert Folch's Biography



Albert Folch, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington

Albert Folch received his BSc in physics from the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, in 1989. In 1994, he received his PhD in surface science and nanotechnology from the UB’s Physics Dept. During his PhD he was a visiting scientist from 1990–91 at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab working on AFM under Dr. Miquel Salmeron. From 1994–1996, he was a postdoc at MIT developing MEMS under the advice of Martin Schmidt (EECS) and Mark Wrighton (Chemistry). In 1997, he joined the laboratory of Mehmet Toner as a postdoc at Harvard’s Center for Engineering in Medicine to apply soft lithographic methods to tissue engineering. He has been at Seattle’s UW BioE since June 2000 where he is now a full Professor, accumulating over 8,700 citations (averaging >97 citations/paper over his whole UW career). In 19 years, he has supervised 16 postdocs (19% of whom have reached faculty rank), 11 Ph.D. students (27% of whom have reached faculty rank), 17 M.S. students, and >40 undergraduates. His lab works at the interface between microfluidics and cancer. In 2001 he received a NSF Career Award and in 2014 he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows (Class of 2015). He serves on the Advisory Board of Lab on a Chip since 2006. Albert Folch is the author of four books, including “Introduction to BioMEMS”, a textbook now adopted by more than 88 departments (81 universities) in 18 countries (including 40 universities in the U.S. alone), and other scientific dissemination books. Since 2007, the lab runs a celebrated outreach art program called BAIT (Bringing Art Into Technology) which has produced seven exhibits, a popular resource gallery of >2,000 free images related to microfluidics and microfabrication, and a YouTube channel that plays microfluidic videos with music which accumulates ~149,000 visits since 2009.

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3D-Printed PEG-DA Microfluidics: Channels, Valves & Hydrogels

Monday, 23 March 2020 at 14:30

Add to Calendar ▼2020-03-23 14:30:002020-03-23 15:30:00Europe/London3D-Printed PEG-DA Microfluidics: Channels, Valves and HydrogelsInnovations in Microfluidics 2020 in Boston, USABoston, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

The vast majority of microfluidic devices are presently manufactured using micromolding processes that work very well for a reduced set of biocompatible materials, but the time, cost, and design constraints of micromolding hinder the commercialization of many devices. PDMS, in particular, is extremely popular in academic labs, yet the fabrication procedures are based on cumbersome manual methods and the material itself strongly absorbs lipophilic drugs. As a result, the dissemination of many cell-based microfluidic chips – and their impact on society – is in jeopardy. Digital Manufacturing (DM) is a family of computer-centered processes that integrate digital 3D designs, automated (additive or subtractive) fabrication, and device testing in order to increase fabrication efficiency. Importantly, DM enables the inexpensive realization of 3D designs that are impossible or very difficult to mold. The adoption of DM by microfluidic engineers has been slow, likely due to concerns over the resolution of the printers and the biocompatibility of the resins. We have developed microfluidic devices by SL in PEG-DA-based resins with automation and biocompatibility ratings similar to those made with PDMS. The resins allow for building transparent microchannels, microvalves, and multi-material devices containing hydrogels of larger-MW PEG-DA formulations.


Add to Calendar ▼2020-03-23 00:00:002020-03-24 00:00:00Europe/LondonInnovations in Microfluidics 2020Innovations in Microfluidics 2020 in Boston, USABoston, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com