Visiting Lecturer Program (274)

Published at: 2017-05-21

Speaker: Dr. Rahim Esfandyarpour

Research Scientist
Genome Center
Stanford University, California, USA

Title: Ultra low cost ‘lab on a chip’ platform to save lives in developing countries

Local Organizer: Dr. Sahar Alipour

Time: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 14:00- 16:00
Location: Nano Sciences School, Institute for research in fundamental sciences, Farmanieh, Tehran, Iran


Point-of-care diagnostics in the developing world and resource-limited areas require numerous special design considerations to provide effective early detection of disease. Of particular need for these contexts are diagnostic technologies featuring low costs, ease of use, and broad applicability. Here we present a nanoparticle-inkjet-printable microfluidics-based platform that fulfills these criteria and that we expect to significantly reduce the footprint, complexity, and cost of clinical diagnostics. This reusable $0.01 platform is miniaturized to handle small sample volumes and can perform numerous analyses. It can perform complex, minimally invasive analyses of single cells without specialized equipment and personnel. This inexpensive, accessible platform has broad applications in precision diagnostics and is a step toward the democratization of medical technologies.