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Joel Voldman's Biography

Joel Voldman, Professor and Associate Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joel Voldman is Professor and Associate Department Head in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1995. He received the M.S and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 1997 and 2001, developing bioMEMS for single-cell analysis. Following this, he was a postdoctoral associate at Harvard Medical School. In 2002 he returned to MIT as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT. In 2004 he was awarded the NBX Career Development Chair, in 2006 promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2013 promoted to Professor in the department. In 2018 he became Associate Head of the Department. Among several awards, he has received an NSF CAREER award, an ACS Young Innovator Award, a Bose Research award, Jamieson Teaching Award, Smullin Teaching Award, Quick Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, AIMBE Fellow, and awards for posters and presentations at international conferences.

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Microfluidic Tools For Analyzing Cells Via Intrinsic Properties

Monday, 23 March 2020 at 14:00

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Microsystems have the potential to impact biology and medicine by providing new ways to manipulate, separate, and otherwise interrogate cells.  Simply physically manipulating cells—using microfluidics, electric fields, acoustics, etc.—provides new ways to separate cells and organize cell-cell interactions.  One example illustrating the power of microscale manipulation of cells is to sort cells based on their intrinsic electrical properties.  Electrical properties have previously been correlated with important biological phenotypes (apoptosis, cancer, etc.), but a sensitive and specific method approach has been lacking.  We have developed a method called iso-dielectric separation that uses electric fields to drive cells to the point in a conductivity gradient where they become electrically transparent, resulting in a continuous separation method specific to electrical properties.  With this method, we are developing a point-of-care assay that can quickly assay immune cell activation, which has applications for monitoring inflammation in sepsis and other immune disorders.

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