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Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series
May 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Dr Ming Li, Macquarie University
Micro/Nano Devices for Cell Manipulation and Biomolecule Detection
The ability to manipulate cells and detect biomolecules in liquid is fundamental for many applications in green chemistry, biology and medicine. However, existing platforms are limited in throughput, efficiency and sensitivity, which can be addressed by my approaches based on the development of micro- and nano-scale devices. In this talk, I will first discuss the development of microfluidic devices to identify superior microalgal cells for biomass and biofuel production. The capability of the microdevices to select microalgal cells with desirable properties, such as rapid growth and high lipid productivity, will be demonstrated. Next, I will describe the development of three-dimensional nanoporous gold nanoparticles as plasmonic biosensors. The applications in label-free urine analysis, biomolecule sensing and imaging will be demonstrated in the last part of my talk.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr Ming Li is currently a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Macquarie University, Australia. She was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States (2014-2017), and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, United States (2013-2014). She completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wollongong in July 2013. Her research interests include microfluidic biotechnology, plasmonic biosensors, lab-on-a-chip devices and MEMS.