Student Spotlight

Haidong Feng

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     After receiving my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in metallurgical engineering, I became fascinated with the micro-fabrication process and the design of micro-scale devices for medical therapy and analysis purpose. Microfluidic devices have feature sizes similar to those of biological cells and enable us to handle single cells and other bio-particles, which enhance our capability in the field such as molecular biology and pharmacology.      My first project is concerning about the extraction and purification of chromosome from stem cells. Purified chromosomes are needed for the genetic analysis and chromosome transfer research. Utilizing a pinched flow device, we […]

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John Nelson

John Nelson

I received my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2016 and am currently preparing for admission to an M.D./Ph.D. program. My work in Dr. Gale’s lab has generally been focused on designing and testing a device for chromosome purification. Such a device would enable the development of an improved intercellular chromosome transfer process. Main Project: Chromosome Purification For the past 40 years, geneticists have been using a microcell mediated chromosome transfer (MMCT) process to transfer chromosomes from one cell line to another. However, in many cases MMCT causes damage to chromosomal structure and base pair sequence. […]

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Greg Liddiard

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I received both my B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Utah in Electrical Engineering and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. I’m working to develop easily integrated microvalves, pressure regulators, and pressure amplifiers for use in microfluidic lab-on- a-chip systems. I’m also working on medical garments for prevention of pressure ulcers in immobilized patients. Outside of the university I work with a local medical device company developing MEMS based pressure sensors with a specific focus on packaging for ultra-low pressure and harsh environment applications.   Integrated Microfluidic Control Devices Microfluidic lab–on-a- chip systems offer a number […]

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Jiyoung Son

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I am a  person filled with curiosity, and I believe that it is the key to being a researcher. With curiosity, I think that I can find excitement in learning and researching. Endurance has also been a key driving force to pursuing higher education and research. Currently I am conducting a cell sorting project which requires separation of sperm from highly contaminated surgical samples. In order to separate such a small amount of sperm cells(~100ea/mL), I designed an inertial microfluidics device to generate the flow focusing of sperm by studying the flow focus of sperm like asymmetrical particles. This project also […]

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Ryan Brewster

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I am currently working on the combined BS/MS program in mechanical engineering and have had the privilege of working in Dr Bruce Gale’s lab for the past two years. I have enjoyed working in the lab, being able to work on a variety of projects. My main current project is the development of a vascular coupling device. The goal of the project is to develop an implantable device that will reconnect blood vessels quickly and efficiently, thus saving both operating time and funds. Currently the standard practice is to suture the vessels together by hand which can be a long […]

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Alex Jafek

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University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, Alex Jafek, advised by Mechanical Engineering professor Bruce Gale, received a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF uses the Graduate Research Fellowship Program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  See more at http://mech.utah.edu/alex-jafek-receives-national-science-foundation-graduate-research-fellowship/ I received my B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2016 and am currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at University of Utah as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. My work focuses on two distinct projects: sperm isolation and rapid microfluidic PCR.   Sperm Isolation: Through […]

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Harikrishnan Jayamohan

Harikrishnan Jayamohan

Project Title: Extraction of pathogens from water and their electrochemical detection Brief Description of Project: I am working on a field based electrochemical sensor for extraction and detection of pathogens in water. Project Title: Complete blood count using microfluidics Brief Description of Project: Lab-on-a chip system for complete blood count. Project Title: Detection of Trichloroethylene using titania naotubes Brief Description of Project: Trichloroethylene is an environmental pollutant and we are using titania nanotubes for their detection in water samples. Any publications: 1. Applications of Microfluidics for Molecular Diagnostics; Microfluidic Diagnostics: Methods and Protocols, Volume 2: Application Protocols and Commercialization (http://www.springer.com/chemistry/biotechnology/book/978-1-62703-133-2) […]

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Huizhong Li

Huizhong Li

I received my B.S. degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China in 2011 and currently am pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah. I mainly work on developing an implantable vascular coupling device to perform end-to-end anastomosis. We are hoping that our vascular coupling device would replace the traditional suturing method in an efficient and safe way. My main project: Vascular coupling device for end-to-end anastomosis. Abstract: Vessel anastomosis is common and often necessary during reconstructive and free tissue transfer surgeries. The current method of vessel anastomosis is traditional hand suturing. This technique is time consuming, difficult, […]

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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 current and power density of 705 µA/cm2 and 146 µW/cm2. My second project is to design and fabricate a contact lens biofuel cell that could be […]

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Valentin Romanov

Valentin Romanov

Personal What drew me to Mechanical Engineering is the broad depth of knowledge that students are empowered with. Looking back, my Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Australia instilled me with a sense that any problem can be solved with the application of simple engineering and collaboration. As such, for my undergraduate final year thesis I developed microfluidic devices in application to gold nanoparticles, my first real taste of micro/nanoengineering. This multidisciplinary project inspired me to pursue further work that would broaden my knowledge of fundamental engineering principles and chemical, biological processes. Hence I decided to pursue further education through a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at […]

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