Current funding: CVTG (NIH); BIO5 Institute; WET (NSF)
Past funding: NSF; SWEHSC (NIH) Seoul VioSys; APQA; WSP; Tech Launch Arizona; BIO5 Institute; Desert Tech; WAESO (NSF); NVRQS; NIH; Arizona Department of Commerce; Theradiag; University of Arizona
Handheld PCR and LAMP
Objective: Handheld PCR and LAMP systems utilizing interfacial tension for pathogen identification.
Researchers: Tiffany Ulep, Kattika Kaarj, Alexander Day, Alexa Shumaker
Collaborator: Prof. David Galbraith (U Arizona)


1. DOTS qPCR device. 2. DOTS qPCR with smartphone monitoring of interfacial tension. 3. Interfacial effects enable low theshold cycle detection and inhibition relief.
Tissue Engineering and Organ-on-a-Chip
Objective: Use of nanostructured surfaces for tissue engineering and organ-on-a-chip applications.
Researchers: Kattika Kaarj, Matthew Bills, Marianne Madias, Patarajarin Akarapipad, Jennifer Ngo, Ryan Zenhausern
Collaborators: Prof. Terrence Monks (Wayne State U)

1-2. Nanostructured ensemble surfaces on e-beam nanopatterns and electrospun nanofibers. 3. Organ-on-a-chip system. 4. In situ GGT monitoring on organ-on-a-chip.
Medical Diagnostics
Objective: Smartphone biosensors for medical diagnostics
Researchers: Robin Sweeney, Cayla Baynes, Matthew Bills, Tiffany Ulep, Benjamin Alouidor, Elizabeth Budiman, Jacob Pfeiffer
Collaborator: Prof. Raymond Wong (U Arizona)


1. Smartphone attachment for quantifying the band intensities from lateral flow assays. 2. Smartphone-based fluorescence microscope. 3. Paper microfluidics for quantifying bacteria. 4-5. Smartphone application for quantifying the optical signals from paper microfluidics.
Water Quality and Food Safety
Objective: Lab-on-a-chip for water quality and food safety.
Researchers: Katherine McCracken, Soo Chung, Trinny Tat, Lane Breshears, Christian Jennings, Veronica Paz
Collaborator: Prof. Kelly Reynolds (U Arizona)


1. E. coli detection from lettuce. 2. Salmonella detection from poultry packaging. 3. Monitoring bacterial contamination from soil with lab-on-a-chip. 4. Monitoring microbial contamination on ground beef with smartphone. 5. Wine tasting on paper microfluidics.

Last revised: August 18, 2017.