• Welcome ...

    to the Home Page for the State of Utah Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics at the University of Utah. The Center is dedicated to the discovery, understanding, development and commercialization of microscale and MEMS devices for application to biological, biomedical, and medical problems.

  • Our Mission...

    To discover, understand, develop and commercialize microfluidic components and systems directed towards improving human health while generating knowledge, educating students, and creating economic development opportunities. We regularly partner with leading industrial, academic, and government institutions in developing microfluidic solutions to challenging biomedical problems.

  • BioMEMS...

    Work in this field is sometimes referred to as BioMEMS. The Center is directed by Bruce Gale, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

    Typically about 15-20 graduate and undergraduate students are employed in the Center.

  • Fabrication Capabilities...

    The Center uses both traditional and nontraditional micro- and nano- scale manufacturing techniques to create the unique devices invented at the center. The Center has significant expertise in inexpensive methods for microfabrication and microfluidics.

  • Collaboration with Center...

    The Center is focused on collaborating with researchers in with any interest or need related to microfluidics. The Center regularly helps researchers develop custom microfluidic solutions to their chemistry and biological problems.

Student Spotlight

Russ Reid

Russ Reid

Project informationMy research involves engineering applications of biofuel cells. Biofuel cells convert chemical energy to electricity using enzyme catalysts instead of precious metals. They can be used to power portable electronics and implantable devices. My first project was to design and test a microfluidic biofuel cell that used a flow-through bioanode and an air-breathing cathode. The biofuel housing and seals were laser-cut from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and silicone sheets. The biofuel cell achieved a maximum…

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Recent Activity

Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert

I recently graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.  I’ve been working as Bioengineering student researcher in Dr. Bruce Gale’s Microf[...]



Exosomes are the smallest of the membrane bound vesicles that cells are known to shed. They are 30-100nm in diameter and partially overlap with microvesicles which[...]

Mechanical Leech Selected as National Finalist

Mechanical Leech Selected as National Finalist

THE SECRET IS OUT!  The national Collegiate Inventors Competition formally announced that the University of Utah’s Mechanical Leech team is among their elite finalists. The Collegiate Inventors Co[...]

Department Researcher of the Year 2012 – Bruce Gale

Department Researcher of the Year 2012 - Bruce Gale

Based on faculty activity report scholarship, as well as proposal and grant data, we are pleased to recognize Prof. Bruce Gale as our researcher of the[...]