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Our motivation and research
Micro and Nanotechnologies supported the integration,
miniaturization, and large scale parallelization of microelectronics
along with an exponential growth that has already lasted over 40 years
and has come to be known as Moore’s law. This exponential growth has
fueled the “digital revolution”. The power of miniaturization and
parallelization, enabled by microtechnologies, has started to bear on
the life sciences, and already revolutionized them, by means of DNA
microarrays and high throughput DNA sequencers running millions of
biochemical reactions in parallel, as opposed to a single reaction at a
time just a few years ago.
We are designing and developing micro and nanobioengineering
technologies – with a strong focus on microfluidic systems – and are
using these technologies for miniaturizing and parallelizing the
protein analysis (proteomics) and cell biology. We aspire to emulate
the parallelization of DNA microarrays and sequencers,, and enable
systematic, quantitative, and comprehensive approach for protein
analysis and ultimately for cell biological experimentation. Systematic
and quantitative biological experimentation will in turn help achieve
full modeling of cells such as neurons and of diseases such as cancer
as complex (biological) systems. These new approaches will transform
biology into a predictive science and will help increase exponentially
our understanding of the human brain and of cancerous diseases.
Inquiries and applications for graduate studies or Postdoctoral fellowships are welcome any time. Please see Openings for additional details.