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Symposium Latsis EPFL 2016: Multicellular organisms in microfluidic systems

The Symposium Latsis EPFL 2016 “Multicellular organisms in microfluidic systems” was held from 14 November 2016 to 16 November 2016 at the EPFL campus in Lausanne (Switzerland). The event was co-organised by Prof. Johan Auwerx and Lab on a Chip Advisory Board member Prof. Martin Gijs.

PhD student Li Dong was presented the Poster Award

Studies of living organisms like nematodes and invertebrate embryos in controlled spatio-temporal chemical environments on microfluidic chips are gaining momentum, as these animals offer genetic amenability, low-cost, and culture conditions that are compatible with large-scale screens, while not raising ethical issues. The Latsis Symposium wanted to bridge the gap between microfluidic systems and biological model organism research, by providing an interdisciplinary forum on the technology and applications of microfluidic systems for studies of multicellular organisms in medicine and biology.

Topics covered in each of the sessions were:

  • Phenotyping
  • Imaging Techniques
  • High-throughput techniques
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology and Development Studies


Among the speakers presenting at the symposium was Prof. Hang Lu (School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia, USA), Lab on a Chip Advisory Board member, who spoke on “Deep Phenotyping Enabled by Microfluidics and High-Throughput Quantitative Microscopy”.

Li Dong's winning poster on "On-chip biocommunication through exchange of compounds secreted by male C. elegans nematodes"

A distinction for the best contributed poster of the Symposium was given to Ph.D. student Li Dong of the Laboratory of Microsystems of EPFL. He received an electronic subscription to the RSC journals Lab on a Chip and Integrative Biology.

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Lab on a Chip International Symposium: Droplet-based Microfluidics

Last week Zhejiang University hosted Lab on a Chip’s International Symposium on droplet-based microfluidics in Hangzhou, China.

This high-quality international symposium was an enormous success, with 200 attendees and 22 speakers from around the world. A range of topics were covered, such as “Droplet microfluidics for single studies” by David Weitz (Harvard University), “All-aqueous droplet microfluidics for bio-encapsulation” by Anderson Ho Cheung Shum, (Hong Kong University), “Collective behavior of crowded drops in microfluidic systems” by Sindy Tang (Stanford University) and “Digital microfluidics for chemistry, biology, and medicine” by Aaron Wheeler (University of Toronto). You can read more of Dr Shum’s and Dr Tang’s recently published work on microfluidics in the Lab on a Chip Emerging Investigators 2016 issue.

Droplet-based microfluidics has emerged as one of the most active research fields in microfluidics. As the world’s leading chemistry community, the Royal Society of Chemistry was pleased to collaborate with Zhejiang University to co-organise this symposium, chaired by Prof Qun Fang (Zhejiang University) and co-chaired by Prof Aaron Wheeler (University of Toronto).

Novel microfluidic droplet manipulation technologies were showcased along with their system applications in chemistry, biology, medicine, making this a thoroughly productive interdisciplinary event.

Winners of the Poster Prizes, with Professor Yanyi Huang (far left), Lab on a Chip Advisory Board member, and Maria Southall (far right), Lab on a Chip Deputy Editor

Speakers who presented at the symposium are listed below and also included three Lab on a Chip Associate Editors and multiple Advisory Board members:

  • Daniel T. Chiu, University of Washington, United States
  • Liangyin Chu, Sichuan University, China
  • Petra Dittrich, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Wenbin Du, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Yanyi Huang, Peking University, China
  • Xingyu Jiang, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China, China
  • Dong-Pyo Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Jinming Lin, Tsinghua University, China
  • Baohong Liu, Fudan University, China
  • Bifeng Liu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Jiuan Lv, Fudan University, China
  • Nicole Pamme, University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • Jianhua Qin, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, China
  • Anderson Shum, Hongkong University, China
  • Sindy KY Tang, Stanford University, United States
  • David A. Weitz, Harvard University, United States
  • Aaron Wheeler, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Xinghua Xia, Nanjing University, China
  • Jianhong Xu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Jingjuan Xu, Nanjing University, China
  • Chaoyong Yang, Xiamen University, China
  • Zhiling Zhang, Wuhan University, China
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Chips out of the Lab – Outreach at MicroTAS 2016

At the Tuesday lunch break of this year’s conference for Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) in Dublin, you may have thought the conference audience was getting significantly younger, despite being in its 20th year. Pupils from local schools filled lecture halls along with members of the conference delegation. Conference chairs Nicole Pamme and Jens Ducrée invited attendees to join 500 local pupils for a science outreach event sharing the capabilities of microfluidic technologies. Pupils attended a lecture by Professor Sabeth Verpoorte explaining what microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies are and had the chance to participate in a number of hands-on activities. The event served to increase student interest in STEM as well as a way for researchers to share activities they use for science outreach.

Pupils had a chance to use real microfluidic chips taken straight from the lab.

Researchers regularly participate in outreach events to promote an interest in STEM subjects. This is often through universities and community science festivals open to the public. Conferences serve as a great opportunity for international researchers to connect and share their work with other like-minded scientists, but in the past have rarely been opportunities to engage with the general public. For the first time in its history, MicroTAS included public engagement in its 2016 programme.

Pupils from eight local schools participated in a number of hands-on activities highlighting lab-on-a-chip technologies. Such activities ranged from interacting with large-scale versions of chips to trap ping-pong balls (cells); applying fabrication technology like injection molding to produce chocolate treats; to using microfluidic chips that volunteers brought and demonstrated. The outreach event was made possible through financial support from the RSC Outreach Fund, the Institute of Physics (Ireland), and the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund. Eilish McLoughlin, Director of the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) at Dublin City University connected the conference with local schools, and Mark Tarn (Leeds University) coordinated all the conference volunteers. Volunteers represented 20 different universities and companies, highlighting a range of possibilities for careers in STEM.

Pupils file in for the event in Dublin. (Photo credit Tae Jae Lee).

Professor Pamme, who spearheaded the event, wanted to create an opportunity for researchers to share the different types of educational activities they have developed using microfluidics. Publications using microfluidics as a teaching tool do crop up in the literature (for example: Lab on a Chip, 12, 696-701; Lab on a Chip, 15, 947-957), but many microfluidic outreach and teaching activities do not get published. Professor Pamme hoped that there would be cross-pollination of ideas by having volunteers help out with peers at different institutions. A poster exhibit highlighting all the different activities was on display for the duration of the conference and these will be available from the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society website (the host organization for MicroTAS).

This year’s outreach event may well serve as a template for future MicroTAS conferences as well as for other disciplines including outreach as a part of their international meetings.

Outreach organizers (from left to right) Mark Tarn, Nicole Pamme, and Jens Ducree.

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6th Workshop on Microfluidics, State University of Campinas, Brazil

Invited keynote talk “Lab, Cells and Organ on a Chip” by Dr. Albert van den Berg (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

The 6th Workshop on Microfluidics was held at the Convention Center of UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) in Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil), from 20-22 July, 2016. Since 2011, the workshop has brought together young students, researchers, and companies from different states of Brazil to discuss topics related to fundamentals, fabrication technologies, innovations, and applications in microfluidic science. This field has been spread out around different regions of Brazil presenting outstanding contributions for microfabrication and microfluidic technologies.

The event was supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the fourth time. Prof Dosil P. de Jesus (UNICAMP), member of the 6th Workshop on Microfluidics scientific board, presented the poster competition awards, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Lab on a Chip and Analytical Methods journals.



The winner of the Analytical Methods Poster Competition was Gabriela B. Almeida, from State University of Campinas, for her work “Microfluidic Devices Combining Dielectrophoresis Trapping and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy”.

Gabriela F. Giordano, from The Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano), Campinas, was the winner of the Lab on a Chip Poster Competition for her work “Gravity-Assisted Distillation on a Chip: a Novel Concept for Sample Preparation in Microfluidics”.

Gabriela Brito Almeida (centre), winner of the Analytical Methods Competition, with Prof. Dosil P. de Jesus (UNICAMP) (right) and Dr Elizabeth Magalhaes (RSC Manager, Brazil) (left)

Gabriela F. Giordano (centre), winner of the Lab on a Chip Competition, with Prof. Dosil P. de Jesus (UNICAMP) (right) and Dr Elizabeth Magalhaes (RSC Manager, Brazil) (left)

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MSB 2016 poster prize winner

The 32nd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis was held at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada from April 3-7, 2016. This symposium has been running since 1989 and was originally founded by Professor Barry Karger (Northeastern University). Over the years the format of MSB 2016 has evolved into an interactive forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research on the frontiers of separation science.

Several awards were on offer at MSB 2016, but we are happy to announce that the Lab on a Chip poster prize was won by Nicolas Drouin of the University of Genevea, Switzerland. He is pictured (above) receiving his prize from Philip Britz-McKibbin of McMaster University (Conference Chair) and Karen Waldron of Université de Montréal (Conference Co-organizer). Congratulations Nicolas!

More information on the symposium can be found here.

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2016 MicroTAS Video Competition

Lab on a Chip is proud to announce the third μTAS Video Competition, in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by μTAS and Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS).

We invite registered μTAS partipants to submit short videos (see terms and conditions below) that are either scientifically or educationally focused. Videos may be fun, artistic or just surprising and unusual in order to meet these criteria.

Dolomite Microfluidics, innovators in microfluidic solutions, are sponsoring this competition with the prize of €2500 worth of Dolomite equipment.

If you have an idea for a video that you would like to share with the μTAS community read the entry conditions below!

Deadline: 10 October 2016

Terms and Conditions

  • Only participants registered for the MicroTAS conference can take part and submit videos.
  • Videos must be either scientific (demonstrating interesting aspects) or educational (enhancing understanding) with respect to micro- or nanofluidics.
  • Videos can be enhanced by audio, animations, or annotations.
  • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes with a file size less than 25 Mbytes (please use appropriate video compression).
  • Videos must be viewable on a PC without special software (.mpg, .mp4, .mov, .avi or .wmv).
  • All videos are submitted on the basis that they may be used by LOC and/or CBMS for promotional purposes in any form.
  • Assessment by an international panel of judges will take place at MicroTAS 2016 and the judges’ decision will be final
  • The prize will be awarded at MicroTAS 2016, and a voucher for the equipment will be presented to the person submitting the winning entry.
  • The video submission deadline is the end of Monday, 10th October, 2016 (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA time).

Video Award Submission Process – Easy 3 Step Process

Step 1. Sign-In to the Electronic Form using your Registration Number

Please have your Registration Number accessible. If you are unable to locate your Registration Number, please contact info@microtas2016.org.

Step 2. Fill in information on Electronic Submission Form

Step 3. Upload Your Video

All entries are to be submitted online via this website as .mpg, .mp4, .mov, .avi or .wmv. Once your entry has been successfully  uploaded and submitted, you will be given an entry number and you will be sent a confirmation email with the information your provided, minus the video. The ability to submit a video will close at the end of Monday, 10 October 2016 (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA time).

Good luck!

Previous winners:

MicroTAS 2015 Conference, Gyeongju, Korea
Spin Me Right Round

David Kinahan, Ducrée Labs, Dublin City University, Ireland

MicroTAS 2014 Conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Magnetotactic Bacteria
Tijmen Hageman, KIST Europe GmbH, Germany

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2015 Art in Science – Editorial

The 19th International Conference of Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences held in Gyeonju, South Korea on October 2015 saw the 8th Art in Science competition.

The judges thought the quality of submissions was really high and the Lab on a Chip team would like to thank all the contributors. Please join us at Lab on a Chip in congratulating all of our prize winners.

You can read more information about this competition and its winners on Darwin R. Reyes’s Editorial in Issue 8.

The Art in Science award is sponsored by NIST and supported by MicroTAS, the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS) and the Lab on a Chip journal. The award consists of a monetary prize ($2500), an award certificate, and the coveted front cover of the Lab on a Chip journal.

We encourage you to participate in the 2016 Art in Science competition


2015 Winner: Through Warhol’s eyepiece, by Matteo Cornaglia

Image winner of the MicroTAS 2015 Art in Science award titled Through Warhol’s eyepiece by Matteo Cornaglia (Laboratory of Microsystems, EPFL).

Through Warhol's eyepiece by Matteo Cornaglia

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Microsystems based diagnostics: new developments and novel tools

The third international Micro-Med-A workshop took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 16-19 September 2015. The workshop provided the perfect platform to bring together leaders in the field of microsystems technologies as well as industry partners and medical experts to discuss new ideas and strategies to develop cutting edge point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics to address solutions for real world problems by building a collaborative network across various disciplines and by crossing geographical borders.

The theme for the workshop was the development of rapid point-of-care technologies for various applications relating to health and the environment.

The workshop opened with a proposal put forth by the chairmen, Kevin Land from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and Jan Korvink from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. It was suggested that the outcome of the meeting should be the collaborative effort of experts in various fields working on a single extreme PoC project with combined expertise and combined resources, where each group would focus on an aspect of the bigger project with the common goal of addressing one defined problem.

The conference started with presentations from clinicians and pathologists whose daily work involves diagnostic testing and interactions with patients for whom rapid PoC tests would ultimately be aimed. Point of care is defined as a low cost, rapid diagnostic test or service that can be completed at the point of testing, independent of a centralised high infrastructure laboratory. In 2014 the recorded population of South Africans living in rural settings was 35.7%. Such settings do not have the infrastructure for high-tech laboratory and medical care facilities. In many instances visiting a clinic for medical attention comes at a cost of a day’s wage while also incurring travelling expenses. Furthermore, many people do not make the required follow up visits to receive results or treatment. Therefore PoC tests are well suited to the African landscape where clinics and medical facilities are far from rural communities.

The event presented work by industry partners and representatives from commercial companies which provided a fresh outlook on collaborative networks. This bridged the gap between academics and industry where the latter can serve to provide well established platforms that can be integrated into developed or developing technology without re-inventing the wheel. This provides a twofold advantage, mainly reduction to development costs and time to market.

Paper based microfluidic devices or µPADs are an attractive platform for diagnostic tests. Paper is cheap, easily accessible and easily printed on; it can be burnt and therefore there is no need for costly biohazard waste disposable facilities. Paper is easily stacked making it easy to transport and therefore deliverable to end users. Furthermore, paper is self-wetting and does not require instrumentation for readout. Therefore, paper based tests are gaining more recognition as the solution to PoC tests as it meets many of the ASSURED criteria for rapid PoC. Needless to say, there are many research groups developing PoC tests using paper substrates and this was showcased at the workshop. Some of the technologies presented at the Micro-Med-A workshop showed paper based PoC applications in the developmental stage of research for the detection of toxic metals and bacterial detection in the environment. This further emphasised that paper based tests can address an important niche in diagnostics.

The workshop fostered an environment for excitement in the field of microsystems for African health through many interactive discussions and insights from participants of various backgrounds. The workshop enabled new networks to be established, while strengthening existing ones, and mapped the overall bigger picture of what is required to address health issues, particularly in under-resourced settings such as those in rural Africa and India.

The workshop closed with many suggestions from delegates for future meetings with the groundwork being laid for collaborative efforts. Information on this workshop can be found at www.micromed2015.co.za. The next workshop will be held in September 2017. People interested in receiving details once they are available should contact Kevin Land.

Delegates who attended the MicroMed 2015 workshop in South Africa.

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“Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship 2015

Lab on a Chip and Corning Incorporated are delighted to announce that Professor Dino Di Carlo is the winner of the 2015 “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship.

The 10th “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship, sponsored by Lab on a Chip and Corning Incorporated and supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS), is for early to mid-career scientists who have made extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems.

This “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship will be presented to Professor Di Carlo at the µTAS 2015 Conference in Gyeongju, Korea, 25-29 October 2015. Professor Di Carlo will receive a certificate, a monetary award and will give a short lecture.

About the winner

Professor Di Carlo received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco in 2006.

Professor Di Carlo is currently a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Professor Di Carlo’s current research aims to exploit unique physics, microenvironment control and the potential for automation associated with miniaturized systems for applications in basic biology, medical diagnostics, material fabrication and cellular engineering.

Among other honours and awards, Professor Di Carlo has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award and the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2012, the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award in 2011, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award and Coulter Translational Research Award in 2010.

For more details on Professor Di Carlo’s research please visit his lab homepage.

Many congratulations to Prof. Di Carlo on this achievement from the Lab on a Chip team

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µ-Med A 2015 workshop

µ-Med A 2015, an international workshop on microsystems technologies for African health. This interesting workshop will be held during 16-19 September 2015 at Protea hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The event will bring together researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations and funding bodies to interact on the latest developments and future trends in the multidisciplinary field of microsystems technology.

The workshop will focus on the following themes:

  • Burden of disease in Africa
  • Microfluidic diagnostic technologies
  • Point of care diagnostics
  • Paper based diagnostics

Feel free to read more about the success of the first workshop held in 2011.


Register now and contribute to the efforts to improve health in Africa!


For additional information, please visit µ-Med A website.

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