Research

Please visit the above links to have a more detailed look at our research projects. Below is a list of Centers that we are leading or affiliated with.

NSF STC EBICS at MIT/GT/UIUC - Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems

NSF IGERT at UIUC - Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology
(download brochure)

NIH Training Grant at UIUC - Midwestern Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center
(download brochure)

NSF CiiT (I/UCRC) at UIUC - Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology

NSF NSEC at OSU - Center for Affordable Nanoengineering for Polymeric Micro and Nanodevices

 

Research: Videos

Cardiac Cells 1
Two beating chick embryo cardiac cells linked with a fibroblasts on a gel of 40kPa stiffness. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Xin Tang (from Prof. Saif's group). 2009

Cardiac Cells 2
A beating chick embryo cardiac cell on petri dish. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Xin Tang (from Prof. Saif's group). 2009

Cardiac Cells 3
Chick embryo cardiac myocytes aligned on ridges and cracks of gel substrates. Thanks to Xin Tang (from Prof. Saif's group) and Piyush Bajaj. 2009

Cardiac Cells 4
Chick embryo cardiac myocytes on soft gel substrate actuating the substrates. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Xin Tang (from Prof. Saif's group). 2009

Cardiac Cells 5
Beating chick embryo cardiac myocytes. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Demir Akin. 2008

Cardiac Cells 6
Beating chick embryo cardiac myocytes. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Demir Akin. 2008

Cardiac Cells 7
Beating chick embryo cardiac myocytes. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Demir Akin. 2008

Cardiac Cells 8
Beating chick embryo cardiac myocyte cell sheet. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Demir Akin. 2008

Cardiac Cells 9
Beating chick embryo cardiac myocyte cell sheet. Thanks to Piyush Bajaj and Demir Akin. 2008

Cardiac Cells 10
MEMS probe actuated by a beating chick embryo cardiac myocyte cell cluster. Thanks to Xin Tang (from Prof. Saif's group) and Piyush Bajaj. 2009

DEP and bacteria 1
Fluorescently labeled listeria monocytogenes being captured on electrodes using positive DEP in a microfluidic device. Thanks to Rafael Gomez. 2005

DEP and bacteria 2
Fluorescently labeled listeria monocytogenes being diverted along electrodes using positive DEP in a microfluidic device. Thanks to Rafael Gomez. 2005

DEP and beads 1
Polystyrene beads being diverted along electrodes using negative DEP in a microfluidic device in a microfluidic device. Thanks to Rafael Gomez. 2005

DEP and beads 2
Polystyrene beads being diverted along electrodes using negative DEP in a microfluidic device in a microfluidic device. Thanks to Rafael Gomez. 2005

DEP, cantilevers, and HeLa cells
HeLa cells being captured on silicon micro-cantilevers where the positive DEP signal is applied on opposing cantilevers. Thanks to Kidong Park. 2007

DEP manipulation of HeLa cells on electrodes
Movement of HeLa cells using DEP electrodes under a glass slide. Thanks to Kidong Park and Ho-Jun Suk. 2008

DEP manipulation of HeLa cells on electrodes
Movement of polystyrene beads using DEP electrodes under a glass slide. Thanks to Kidong Park and Ho-Jun Suk. 2008