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 LAMP and PCR
Objective: Handheld LAMP and PCR systems utilizing interfacial tension for pathogen identification.
Researchers: Tiffany Ulep, Kattika Kaarj, Alexander Day, Alexa Shumaker, Katie Sosnowski
Collaborator: Prof. David Galbraith (U Arizona)


1. Mie scatter and interfacial tension-based real-time quantification from emulsion LAMP. 2. DOTS qPCR device 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: Paper-based systems for tissue engineering and organ-on-a-chip applications.
Researchers: Kattika Kaarj, Marianne Madias, Patarajarin Akarapipad, Jennifer Ngo

1. Nanostructured ensemble surfaces on e-beam nanopatterns and electrospun nanofibers. 2. Smartphone-based in situ monitoring of organ-on-a-chip. 3. Angiogenesis on paper-based organ-on-a-chip. 4. Arduio-based organ-on-a-chip system for inducing flow and mechanical stimuli to paper-based 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, Ryan Zenhausern, Suzanne Gatons, Brandon Nguyen
Collaborator: Prof. Raymond Wong (U Arizona)


1-2. Smartphone app quantifies optical signals from paper microfluidics. 3. Smartphone-based fluorescence microscope takes images from paper microfluidics. 4. Instant optical scanner device for identifying skin infection, wound infection, and cancer biopsy.
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, Austin Vedder
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: October 27, 2017.