Stanford University - Microfluidics Laboratory

Stanford University - Microfluidics Laboratory
Type Disciplines
Private University Engineering Nanofluidics
Address Postal Code
Building 530, Room 101
MERL Building, Rooms 243, 244, 246; Building 570, Room 570J
City State / Province
Stanford Californa
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link 650-723-5689

The Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory operates under the direction of Professor Juan G. Santiago of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The applications of microfluidics are among the greatest engineering challenges of the century and include drug discovery efforts, typing of single nucleotide polymorphisms for genetically-based drug prescription, fundamental genetics research, and proteomics. The field lies at the interfaces between engineering, chemistry, and biology; and aims to develop lab-on-a-chip systems.

Microfluidics is being used to develop new methods to analyze and control biochemical systems. The technology has the potential to achieve the following:

*Exploration of single cell and single molecule biophysics
*Miniaturization and portability of chemical assays
*Cost savings of minimal reagent use
*Potential for massively-parallel and high-throughput biochemical analyses

Engineering challenges include the realization of optimized processes in mixing, reaction, separation, pre-concentration, and detection of chemical species.

A major theme of our lab is the exploitation of the physical regimes associated with micro- and nano-scale devices in order to achieve new functionality. The long-term goal is to enable chemical and biological discoveries, help define the role of engineers in microfluidics, and educate the future leaders in the field.

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