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Our paper on a "High Throughput Microfluidic Platform for Size-Selective Enrichment of Cell Populations in Tissue and Blood Samples" is featured as cover image for the journal Analyst

Congratulations to Xuan Li for receiving one of the Podium Presentation Awards at the 18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium, held at UCLA June 28-30, 2017

Our recent "Lego Microfluidics" paper published in JMM is featured in IOP and 3D Printing Industry

Professor Abe Lee is announced as the new Lab on a Chip Editor-in-Chief also read at RSC blog

Congratulations to Dylan Boyle and Neha Garg for winning 3rd place in the Art in Science competition sponsored by the Optics Society and the Beckman Laser Institute (Nov.17, 2016). There were about 30 entries in the competition. Neha and Dylan placed with an artistic photo of green fluorescent microparticles trapped in on-chip vortices.

LabTV interviews featuring BioMiNT students: Neha Garg, Crystal Rapier, Derek Vallejo, Edward Yue

Conrgatulations to Neha Garg for receiving the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Award for the 2015-2016 year!

Congratulations to Derek Vallejo for being invited to give an oral presentation at the upcoming 2015 Microfluidics Gordon Research Seminar on "Interfaces, Molecules, and Assays at the Microscale". 8 student/post-doc speakers were selected based on abstracts from over 70 applications.

Congratulations to Derek Vallejo for receiving the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship to support your participation in the 2015 Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics GRC. He also will present a poster presentation at the subsequent Gordon Research Conference on "Microscale Technology for Advancing and Translating Discovery".

Congratulations to David Bardin as our latest paper on "Low-cost experimentation for the study of droplet microfluidics" is the most downloaded paper in Lab on a Chip!

UCI Hosts 15th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium,June 18-20, 2014 - Check out the plenary speakers, deadlines for abstract submissions and the first ever junior faculty & student shark tanks!

NSF I/UCRC Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) is officially launched with 13 Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Members (see press release).

Congratulations to Roger Shih, who was selected as a finalist in the doctoral student poster competition (18 out of 80) at the ASME 2014 3rd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB2014) .

Archived Laboratory News


Thank you for visiting the Biomolecular Microsystems and Nanotransducers (BioMiNT) in the Biomedical Engineering Department, University of California at Irvine. Our focus is in developing the microscale and nanoscale platform technologies for the interrogation and manipulation of biological and physiological activities. We strongly believe the future of biotechnology and biomedicine to be driven by instruments and devices that can function at the scale of the critical biological elements.

By building on the broad technological base of microsystems technologies (MEMS, microfluidics, micro-optics, biosensors, microelectronics), integration of multifunctional components and interface to the operator is established. The microscale allows devices that are either implantable or can serve as interventional tools to access essentially any part of the human anatomy minimally invasively. The development of microfluidic processors for the integration of sample collection, sample transport, sample preparation, and sample detection requires novel platforms for the sensing and actuation of a wide range of biological species. It is ultimately critical to develop on these microsystems nanoscale interfaces to biological molecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and various small molecules.

We are focusing our efforts on two main microsystem platform technologies, controlled micro/nano droplet generation and micro electrofluidic (e.g. MHD, DEP) systems. The applications of our research include the directed synthesis of drug release micro/nano particles, digital bioassays in droplets for point-of-care diagnostics, artificial cells for protein synthesis and biomolecular power harvesting, directed differentiation of neural stem cells, high throughput combinatory screening in droplets, and most recently the development of microtools for interventional neuroradiology.

Regardless of whether it is the microscale or the nanoscale that we exploit, it is ultimately the meter scale (human body) that counts!! It is our sincerest hope that the technology we develop will fundamentally change the way healthcare is practiced today in terms of lower cost, greater accessibility, more individual control, broader distribution, and increased options for every walk of life.

Please direct any academic inquiries to
Dr. Abraham P. Lee.








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