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BioMEMS Platform Development for Interfacing with Multisized Biological Entities

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Join us at 10 AM in RUCH 103 for a presentation from ECE Faculty Candidate Jorge Castro.

This research takes advantage of unique materials, innovative designs, microfabrication techniques and specialized characterization tools to develop a set of BioMEMS devices further validated with electrical, interface, geometric, and multiphysics models to address unique biological problems emanating from ethical treatment of animals in drug discovery, biological translation, decentralization and personalization of healthcare. This set of devices is designed to interface with multisized biological constructs such as 3D cellular networks, viruses, and proteins.

Platforms development explored 3D printing technology to create 3D microelectrodes for interfacing with cellular constructs such as tissues and organoids. Also, virus and microparticle detection was performed using a novel multilayered microfluidic chip and Wi-Fi optical detection. At last, electrophysiological characterization of Actin protein at different concentrations was carried out by developing an impedimetric biosensor.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Castro is passionate about biomedical applications demanding microfabrication, sensing, transduction, and modeling. His current interests are related to designing, testing, and optimizing technologies involving BioMEMS for real-life applications. Biosensors development with novel microstructures through makerspace microfabrication, rapid prototyping, and correlating bioelectronics with materials science for solutions in wearable and implantable biomedical systems are his incoming challenges.