2014.12.18 Drop-based microfluidics for biology and biotechnology

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Title: Drop-based microfluidics for biology and biotechnology

Speaker: Prof. David A. Weitz

    Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics Harvard University


Time: 1:00pm Dec 18th 2014


Address: Rm 102, East wing of Old Chemistry Building, Peking Unversity 

Chair:  Prof. Chao Tang,  Center for Quantitative Biology 




     This talk will describe the use of microfluidic technology to control and manipulate drops whose volume is about one picoliter. These can serve as reaction vessels for biological assays. These drops can be manipulated with very high precision using an inert carrier oil to control the fluidics, ensuring the samples never contact the walls of the fluidic channels. Small quantities of other reagents can be injected with a high degree of control. The drops can also encapsulate cells, enabling cell-based assays to be carried out. Examples of the application of these devices to the study of fundamental biology and to biotechnology will be described. The potential of these biotechnology applications for entrepreneurial opportunities will also be discussed.