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Microfluidic technologies and their applications in cell biology

Thorsten Knoll, Eng. of Microsystems Technology, Cell Models & Toxicology, senior scientist, Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Engineering IBMT, Sulzbach, Germany
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Date: 27.4.2021 at 14:00 (CET)


In the past twenty years, microfluidic devices and systems have gained in importance in the field of bioanalytics and biomedicine, not only in research but also in the market. Lab-on-chip systems with microfluidic structures serve for medical tests with body fluids or extractions from fluids. Besides, microfluidic systems are also used for cell handling and culturing, for the mixing of liquids and for measuring quantitative amounts of components in liquid samples.

Fraunhofer IBMT develops microfluidic systems for various applications in the field of life sciences. Different miniaturized approaches and solutions exist e.g. for transport studies or toxicological assays with single cells, 2D cell layers or 3D cell aggregates.

The online lecture will cover some basic considerations regarding microfluidics and IBMT’s technological solutions for the fabrication of microfluidic devices and their use in different application scenarios. Furthermore, the presentation describes solutions for the integration of the microfluidic devices in a complete set-up comprising of peripheral fluidic components and optical or electrical measurement systems.