Researchers teach bacteria to line dance!
Lab on a Chip congratulates Tijmen Hageman and colleagues, winners of the first μTAS Video Competition, created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society).
At the μTAS conference in October 2014 Lab on a Chip Executive Editor, Harpal Minhas (above left) and Dolomite Microfluidics Group Chief Sales Officer, Omar Jina (above right) presented Tijmen (above middle) with his award and a $2500 gift certificate to spend on dolomite equipment.
Prior to the conference, μTAS participants were invited to submit short, scientifically or educationally focused videos. The winning group, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Twente and the Korean Institute of Science and Technology produced a video demonstrating that bacteria can be manipulated by a magnetic field by using magnets to teach bacteria to line dance – and it looks like they had a lot of fun during the making!
Watch ‘Line Dancing Magnetotactic Bacteria‘ online now!
Ph.D student, Tijmen Hageman directed the video titled ‘Magnetotactic Bacteria.’
“The idea of dancing bacteria existed for some time already, and we decided to make it all in the style of Texas. We think we succeeded in introducting these extraordinary organisms to the public in a remarkable way and hope it will have made our research more visible,” he explains.
Like many studens, Tijmen is currently undecided about what to do after completion of his Ph.D. “I have some years left, and who knows…more videos prehaps” he says.
Tijmen can not take full credit for the winning video and we would also like to congratulate the following for their contribution:
Andreas Manz: Actor (bacteria)
Tijmen Hageman: Actor, director
Marc Pichel: Writer/ideas, cultivation
Caspar Abelmann: Animations
Line dancers: Ahyeon Gyeon, Jaewon Hwang, Jang Mi, Sangin Park, Jooyoung Im, Deepti Mittal, Marc Pichel and Tijmen Hageman
And the rest of the team for ideas and feedback!
Congratulations to David Castro, winner of Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science, sponsored by NIST and Lab on a Chip.
The winning photograph for the seventh annual art in science competition was announced last week at the µTAS 2014 Conference. The research group, from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia were presented with a certificate and a financial reward. Their photograph will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of Lab on a Chip. Make sure you don’t miss it – register for our e-alerts now!
And the winning photograph is… THE SPHERE
More about ‘The Sphere’
Photographed by David Castro and David Conchouso, is the top view of a rotating 40uL aqueous droplet, suspended at the interface between two fluids, inside a square cuvette. The droplet contains an assay of functionalized latex beads, agglutinating in the presence of human C-reactive protein. This entry was selected as the winning photograph due to its aesthetic eye appeal, artistic allure and scientific merit.
Congratulations to Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia, winner of the 2014 Corning Inc./Lab on a Chip Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship.
The picture shows Lab on a Chip Executive Editor, Harpal Minhas (Left) and Director of Polymer processing in Organic & Biochemical Technologies, Science & Technology at Corning Incorporated, Ed Fewkes (right) presenting Sangeeta (middle) with her award earlier this week at the µTAS 2014 Conference.
The 9th ‘Pioneers of Ministurisation‘ Lectureship, is for extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems and was presented to Dr Bhatia at the µTAS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas in October 2014. Dr Bhatia received a certificate, $5000 and gave a short lecture at the conference. Further information, including past winners, can be viewed on our homepage.
These HOT articles, published in September 2014 were recommended by our referees and are free* to access for 4 weeks
1000-fold sample focusing on paper-based microfluidic devices
Tally Rosenfeld and Moran Bercovici
Lab Chip, 2014,14, 4465-4474
A reliable and programmable acoustofluidic pump powered by oscillating sharp-edge structures
Po-Hsun Huang, Nitesh Nama, Zhangming Mao, Peng Li, Joseph Rufo, Yuchao Chen, Yuliang Xie, Cheng-Hsin Wei, Lin Wang and Tony Jun Huang
Lab Chip, 2014,14, 4319-4323
Application of an acoustofluidic perfusion bioreactor for cartilage tissue engineering
Siwei Li, Peter Glynne-Jones, Orestis G. Andriotis, Kuan Y. Ching, Umesh S. Jonnalagadda, Richard O. C. Oreffo, Martyn Hill and Rahul S. Tare
Lab Chip, 2014,14, 4475-4485
a ChemistryWorld article by Susannah May
Scientists in Canada have developed a new microfluidic model carved from rock, which can replicate the conditions found in underground oil reservoirs in a laboratory with more accuracy than ever before. Using it to study the processes that occur in these reservoirs could lead to greater oil yields.
David Sinton’s group, at the University of Toronto, hope that the model they’ve developed will allow them to properly study the rock structure, and see how it’s affected by oil extraction techniques. The techniques could then be optimised to make them much more efficient.
To read the full article please visit ChemistryWorld.
Chip-off-the-old-rock: the study of reservoir-relevant geological processes with real-rock micromodels*
Wen Song, Thomas W. de Haas, Hossein Fadaei and David Sinto.
Lab Chip, 2014, Advance Article
*Access is free through a registered RSC account until 13 November 2014 – click here to register
Submission Deadline 30th April 2015
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