3rd Annual LNF User Symposium, Nov 19th

Topic: LNF Users Symposium

Date:  Thursday, November 19 2015

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: The Gerald Ford Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094.

Building upon the success of earlier LNF Users Symposium, we continue the tradition and bring our users together to discuss problem solving, process tips, professional networking and much more. So, on Thursday, November 19, come out to the prestigious Gerald Ford Library from 10 am to 4 pm to hear a keynote speech, listen to fellow users and staff presentations, attend user poster sessions and enjoy excellent food! The symposium is free and open to all. Food will be provided.

LNF users are encouraged to submit a poster for the poster session. Posters from the recent CoE Graduate Symposium or other event can be reused! Best Poster (cash) prizes will be awarded at the end of the symposium. Poster submission deadline to be eligible for poster prizes: November 15 2015.

Keynote Talk: Professor Shuichi Takayama

Biomedical Micro- and Nanofluidics

While the LNF is a facility that largely supports electronics engineering and applications, the capabilities and services provides are critical for biomedical research as well. There is great need to improve the healthcare system through more efficient development of therapeutics and diagnostics. This presentation will provide an overview of efforts to apply micro- and nanofabrication capabilities to manipulation of cells, proteins, and DNA. The micro- and nanofluidic technologies to be discussed include computer-controlled microfluidics, self-switching microfluidic transistor circuitry, “reagent” microfluidics that utilize aqueous two-phase systems to enable microscale stable spatial fluidic patterning without any channels, and fracture fabrication of tunable nanochannels. Specific biomedical applications that will be discussed include organs-on-a-chip systems such as oviduct-on-a-chip for vitro fertilization and heartbeat-on-a-chip, chromatin analysis in fracture-fabricated nanochannels, and technologies to help develop protein diagnostics. The long-term goal is to create miniature patients-on-a-chip for understanding disease mechanisms, accelerating therapeutics and diagnostics development, enhancing cell-based therapies.
Prof. Shuichi Takayama’s research interests (B.S. & M.S. from the University of Tokyo, Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute) started with organic synthesis. Subsequently he pursued postdoctoral studies in bioengineered microsystems at Harvard University as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fellow. He is currently Professor at the University of Michigan in the Biomedical Engineering Department and Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program, and Adjunct Professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea. He is an associate editor of Integrative Biology, and editorial board member of Scientific Reports. Research topics include microfluidic models of the body such as the oviduct, lung, gut, and cancer metastasis. He also develops aqueous two phase system micropatterning technologies, studies timing and rhythms of cell signaling, constructs self-switching fluidic circuits, and performs nanofluidic single strand chromatin analysis. Awards and honors include the NSF CAREER award, Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and AIMBE Fellow. Disclosures: Co-founder & shareholder PHASIQ, Inc; Some stock options and licensed technology to 3D Biomatrix.

Symposium Agenda (Tentative):

  • 10:00am Welcome: Professor Euisik Yoon, LNF Director
  • 10:15am – 11:15am Keynote Speaker: Professor Shuichi Takayama
  • 11:15am – 1:30pm Poster Session
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm User Tech Talks
  • 3:30pm Poster Prizes and Wrap Up

Poster Setup: Poster setup will be from 9am to 10am the day of the Symposium.  Poster take-down will be after 3:45pm.

Questions regarding this event or other LNF activity?
Feel free to contact LNF for this event or other activities:
Pilar Herrera-Fierro, LNF-info@umich.edu