Speaker: Prof. I. Emre Araci
Affiliation: Santa Clara University

Abstract: Wearable technologies have a potential to transform healthcare by providing continuous measurements of physiological parameters. Sensors that passively monitor physiological pressure without using electronic components are ideal as contact lens type devices because they are easy to interface with the cornea and the external environment.  In our group, we developed a passive integrated microfluidic sensor with a novel transduction mechanism that converts small strain changes to a large fluidic volume expansion, detectable by a smart-phone camera to monitor intraocular pressure for the management of glaucoma. In this presentation, I will talk about the recent advances in microfluidic biosensors and their potential as a rehabilitation tool. I will also present the multilayer soft lithography technique that we have developed for rapid prototyping of wearable sensors and microfluidic large-scale integration.

Biography:  I. Emre Araci has received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Electrical Engineering Department, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. from College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona in 2010. He then joined Prof. Stephen Quake’s group in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University as a postdoctoral associate. His work on implantable and miniaturized devices for telemedicine was published in Nature Medicine and was featured in various media platforms including Fortune magazine and ABC7 in 2014. He also designed and fabricated world’s smallest electromechanical valves for mVLSI, which was published in Lab on a Chip in 2012. The mVLSI technology has led to many continuing studies for the automation of the microfluidic chip. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Bioengineering department, Santa Clara University, since 2015. His primary research goals are directed toward the development and application of wearable micro/optofluidic technologies for biology and medicine.

Date(s) - Nov 19, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

E-IV Tesla Room #53-125
420 Westwood Plaza - 5th Flr., Los Angeles CA 90095