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Microfluidics, Physics & Chemistry of (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Microfluidic Phenomena and Global Challenges


June 3-4, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Julea Vlassakis & Tyler R. Ray

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of Microfluidics is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Pursuit of scientific discovery without a preconceived agenda is critical for advancing human knowledge and technological innovation. Indeed, this is evidenced through the theoretical and experimental discoveries that have shaped microfluidics into a field that bridges fundamental inquiry with impactful applications. Even so, society faces a growing list of challenges—clean water, energy, environmental remediation, and healthcare—which require the research focus of scientists and engineers. This seminar seeks to provoke thoughtful discourse on the role of microfluidics in generating solutions for these challenges through both theoretical and technological creativity.

Specifically, the focus of this meeting is to provide a forum to communicate the most recent fundamental and applied advances in micro- and nanofluidics. United in the utilization of novel fluid physics, topic areas of interest include traditional areas such as analyte detection/sensing, point-of-care diagnostics, and cell characterization as well as emerging areas including material synthesis, additive manufacturing, and energy storage/generation. By bringing together the emerging student and postdoc thought-leaders, the 2017 GRS offers a critical forum for providing unhindered, elucidative, and forward-looking discussions necessary for continued discovery and technological disruption in microfluidics. The meeting will also include a mentorship session with a small panel of faculty and industry experts for an open discussion on professional development and related topics of interest.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Microfluidics, Physics & Chemistry of" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Nano/Micro-Scale Self-Assembly Phenomena and Applications
Discussion Leaders: Daniel Nelson (University of Virginia, USA) and Cullen Buie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMatthew Tirrell (University of Chicago, USA)
"Modular Micellar Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFrontiers of Micro-Scale Fabrication
Discussion Leaders: Marc Chooljian (UC Berkeley and UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering, USA) and Rajiv Bharadwaj (10x Genomics, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmRachel Collino (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Acoustic Control of Two-Phase Microstructures During Extrusion Printing"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmBrian Giera (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
"Machine Learning of Microfluidics"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmPeter Shankles (University of Tennessee, USA)
"Accessible Microfluidics Through Feature-Based Design Software for 3D Printing"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmAshlyn Young (North Carolina State University, USA)
"Microfluidic Engineering of In Vitro Organ Models"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMicrofluidic Analysis of Complex Samples
Discussion Leaders: Peter Aldridge (University of Toronto, Canada) and Catherine Klapperich (Boston University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amLisa Mahler (Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Germany)
"A Droplet-Microfluidic Approach to Illuminate Microbial Dark Matter"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMiguel Xavier (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
"Microfluidic Characterisation of Size, Dielectric and Mechanical Properties of Primary Skeletal Stem Cells from Human Bone Marrow for Label-Free Cell Isolation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJina Ko (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Identification of Panels of Exosomal RNA Biomarkers for Machine Learning Based Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amShannon Krauss (University of Virginia, USA)
"An Integrated Centrifugal Polyester Microfluidic Device for Detection of Explosives Residue Using Smartphone Analysis"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: The Future of Microfluidics and Your Impact in an Evolving Field
Four panelists from academia and industry will share their insights about the future of microfluidics and how to prepare for your career in the field. The session will begin with 5 minutes of each panelist describing their career path, and then the discussion leaders will open the floor for Q&A in topics such as how to develop a research vision, and identifying impactful industry positions.
Discussion Leaders: Tyler Ray (Northwestern University, USA) and Julea Vlassakis (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"The Future of Microfluidics"
  • Rajiv Bharadwaj (10x Genomics, USA)
  • Cullen Buie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Vicki Loise (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS), USA)
  • Matthew Tirrell (University of Chicago, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 1R13EB024404-01A1. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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