BS, MS, PhD, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Engineering
Medical diagnostics; air quality; tissue engineering and organ-on-a-chip; food safety and water quality; fast PCR diagnostics
Biosensors Laboratory at the University of Arizona (directed by Associate Professor Jeong-Yeol Yoon) is conducting research on three different microfluidic applications. The first is the use of paper microfluidics and the smartphone-based optical detection, towards food, water and medical applications. Targets include E. coli, Salmonella, bird flu, H1N1 flu, malaria, MRSA, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and cancer markers. The second is the use of droplet microfluidics (called "wire-guided droplet manipulations - WDM"; invented by Biosensors Lab) towards in situ monitoring of bloodborne pathogens and endocarditis. The third is the use of microfluidic-based, continuous bioreactor that will be seeded with mammalian (mostly human) cells, towards creating mock-up human organs (organ-on-a-chip). This organ-on-a-chip can reduce the gap between in vitro and animal tests and potentially minimize the use of animals, in developing/testing toxicity and/or new carriers for drugs.