Using Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices to Bring Hematology to the Point-of-Care
Department of Chemistry
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where:Robert B. Goergen Hall
Sloan Auditorium, Room 101
Abstract: We have developed a suite of paper-based microfluidic devices that enable diagnostic assays to be performed directly at the point-of-care. Paper offers a number of attractive characteristics as a platform for sensing in resource-limited settings: it is inexpensive, disposable, and compatible with an extensive range of reagents. The use of paper-based devices significantly reduces the burden of effort on an end-user, as biological samples are applied to the device directly without additional preparation and all reactions needed for an analysis are performed autonomously within the device. We have demonstrated that paper can enable the analysis of blood cells and the determination of valuable hematological information.