The microdevices lab is multi-disciplinary, bringing together the diverse aspects of biomedical engineering.
On-going research encompasses electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, tissue engineering, and polymer chemistry. The lab is equipped with enclosed climate controlled electrospinning equipment for scaffold and sensing applications, a mechano-culture chamber to study mechanical stresses on cells, fluorescent and brightfield imaging with an on-board incubation chamber for long-term imaging, a fully functional tissue culture facility with biosafety cabinet (BSL-2), an incubator (dual gas flow controlled), a brightfield microscope (primovert), function generators, oscilloscopes, a soldering station, a pH measurement system, TEER measurement system, a custom built contact angle measurement set-up, a hand-held corona treater, and a multi-mode plate reader. The lab also has the capability for carrying out standard chemical processing.
The department's microdevices research focuses on miniaturized electronics and MEMS for medical applications. Active research topics include the development of wireless implantable microsensors and microactuators for investigating the effect of mechanical loading in bone regeneration and detecting bone infections, as well as the implementation of wearable microsensor systems for monitoring a person's health parameters.
The Biomedical µDevices Lab focuses on investigating the microscopic structures that affect physiology and cell biology.