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Title: Droplet Microfluidics for Single Cell Studies
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Weitz, David A.
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2017
Event Date: 20-Mar-2017
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 EF
Notes: IAS distinguished lecture.
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Abstract: In this lecture, the speaker describes the use of microfluidic technology to control and manipulate drops whose volume is about one picoliter. These can serve as reaction vessels for biological assays. These drops can be manipulated with very high precision using an inert carrier oil to control the fluidics, ensuring the samples never contact the walls of the fluidic channels. Small quantities of other reagents can be injected with a high degree of control. The drops can also encapsulate cells, enabling cell-based assays to be carried out. The use of these devices for biotechnology and diagnostic applications will also be described.
Prof David Weitz received his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 1978. He joined the Exxon Research and Engineering Company as a physicist afterwards and moved to University of Pennsylvania in 1995 as the Professor of Physics. In 1999, he returned to Harvard and is currently the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics.
Prof Weitz’s research focuses on physics of soft condensed matter, materials easily deformed by external stresses, electric, magnetic or gravitational fields, and even thermal fluctuations. These materials typically possess structures much larger than atomic or molecular scales; the structure and dynamics at these mesoscopic scales determine the macroscopic physical properties.
Prof Weitz was elected a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also elected a fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Physical Society.
Duration: 80 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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