Undergraduate Research Student
Department of Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2014)
The sorting of micron-size particles such as cells is a critical process with many biomedical applications, such as dialysis and hemofiltration. Currently available techniques for sorting particles by size remain slow and largely inefficient, as they become less effective over time and are inadequate for spanning a large diameter range.
The objective of my current project is to develop and manufacture a microfluidic device capable of continuous wide-range particle sorting with no loss in efficacy over time. The device is also meant to achieve flow rates much larger than current sorting methods with no loss in accuracy. This would potentially allow the device to be used in blood filtration, since the sizes of viral and bacterial pathogens vary significantly from other components in the blood.