CB 399: Microfluidics Spring 2011

Intellectual Unit:

Microfluidics
Lecturers/Instructors: Jagesh V. Shah, Daniel Irimia, Mehmet Toner, Victor Lien

Curriculum Fellow: Ondra Kielbasa, ondra_kielbasa@hms.harvard.edu

Microfluidics is a multidisciplinary field that intersects biology, engineering, physics, and chemistry. This field, which deals with the precise control and manipulation of fluids that are geometrically constrained to a small volume, has evolved considerably in the last three decades since its inception. Advances in microfluidics technology are revolutionizing procedures for DNA analysis, enzymatic assays and clinical diagnostics.  An exciting emerging application is at the interface with cells and organisms, where microfluidics-based devices are being used to create controlled microenvironments in which behavior can be observed and manipulated. In the lecture session for this nanocourse, which will begin with a description of the principles of microfluidics, you will learn about the fabrication of basic devices and their many uses in understanding complex biological problems.  All are invited to attend the lecture session.  No registration is required.

For those taking the course for credit, there will be a second session during which you will have the opportunity to walk through a microfluidics experiment from start to finish and create your own microfluidic chip in the lab.  There will also be an assignment to design your own device for a biological question of your own choosing.  Microfluidics experts will be on hand to help you refine your design and aid in its construction.  You must be registered and taking the course for credit to attend the second session.   

 Schedule:

Lecture Session: Monday, May 16th, 2011, 1-5 pm, This session is open - no registration required
Location: Goldenson 122

Readings: Please see below

Laboratory Session: Microfluidics Facility, Location: Goldenson 117 

To sign up for this nanocourse, please register for ONE of the following six laboratory slots by clicking on the appropriate link below

(limit of 4 students per session):

Wednesday May 18th 1-4 pm

Wednesday May 18th 2-5 pm

 Wednesday May 18th 3-6 pm

Thursday May 19th 1-4 pm

 Thursday May 19th 2-5 pm

Thursday May 19th 3-6 pm   


 

DROP DEADLINE: Monday, May 9, 2011


AUDITORS (Post-Docs, Faculty, or Staff) DO NOT NEED TO SIGN UP TO ATTEND THE 1st SESSION.  PLEASE DO NOT ENROLL.


Required Readings (for registered students):

Please read the four posted reviews prior to lecture (once you are logged in, these can be downloaded from the file attachment box below)