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Kristen C

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Bioengineering, microfluidics & microfabrication, medical devices, cancer biology, computational image processing, computational data analysis

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Designing a new microfluidic device

Human cells are really small — 10 of them could fit across the width of just one of your hairs! This makes them really hard to study because it's difficult and slow to isolate just one cell at a time to measure. That's where microfluidics comes in — the idea is to build tiny devices that are a similar size to those cells, which lets us measure a lot of cells very quickly. In this project, you will learn about the different types of microfluidic devices and how we can design devices that accomplish a variety of different tasks (for example — cell sorting, measuring cell size, or tagging the cell with a special label). Then, you will use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to design your own microfluidic device that can be used to manipulate and measure cells for an experiment of your own design.

Coding skills

python, Matlab, R, Java

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