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Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship 2016

Lab on a Chip and Corning Incorporated are proud to sponsor the eleventh Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship, to honour and support the up and coming, next generation of scientists who have significantly contributed to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. This year’s Lectureship will be presented at the µTAS 2016 Conference in Dublin, Ireland, with the recipient receiving a prize of US$5,000.

Who should you nominate?

Early to mid-career scientists (maximum 15 years post completion of PhD).

Scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems.

How do you nominate?

Submit your nominations to Lab on a Chip Editor Sarah Ruthven at LOC-RSC@rsc.org

Nominations should include:

  • Full contact and affiliation details of the person making the nomination.
  • A letter of nomination with the candidate’s accomplishments and why the lectureship is deserved. (The nominee must be aware that he/she has been nominated for this lectureship.)
  • A list of the candidate’s relevant publications or recent work (all work should be original).
  • Candidate’s scientific CV stating PhD completion date; address; and full contact details.

Nomination Deadline: 1 June 2016

Who has won the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship in the past?

  • 2015: Professor Dino Di Carlo, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2014: Professor Sangeeta N. Bhatia, Massachusetts Institute of Techology, USA
  • 2013: Professor Shuichi Takayama, University of Michigan, USA
  • 2012: Professor Andrew deMello, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2011: Professor Ali Khademhosseini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2010: Professor Stephen Quake, Stanford University, USA
  • 2009: Professor Abe Lee, University of California, USA
  • 2008: Dr Patrick Doyle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2007: Dr Manabu Tokeshi, Nagoya University, Japan
  • 2006: Dr David Beebe, University of Wisconsin, USA

Terms and Conditions

The Lectureship consists of the following elements:

  • A prize of US$5,000. No other financial contribution will be offered
  • A certificate recognising the winner of the lectureship
  • The awardee is required to give a short lecture at the 2016 µTAS Conference

The award is for early to mid-career scientists (maximum 15 years post completion of PhD).

The award is for extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. This will be judged mainly through their top 1-3 papers and/or an invention documented by patents/or a commercial product. Awards and honorary memberships may also be considered.

The winner will be expected to submit at least two significant publications to Lab on a Chip in the 12 months after the lectureship is awarded.

Nominations from students and self-nominations are not permissible.

The decision on the winner of the lectureship will be made by a panel of judges, and this decision will be final.

Sponsors

Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

Lab on a Chip
The leading journal for miniaturization at the micro and nanoscale. Lab on a Chip supports research and development of miniaturization technologies and promotes interdisciplinary co-operation across all fields of science. The Journal also provides readers with a more fundamental understanding of miniaturization and related processes as well as the necessary tools for practical application of methods and devices.

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Lab on a Chip awards prestigious prizes at MicroTAS 2015

The µTAS 2015 Conference was held in October at the Hwabaek International Convention Center in Gyeongju, Korea.

Sarah Ruthven, Executive Editor of Lab on a Chip, was in attendance at the conference to announce the prestigious Lab on a Chip awards which include the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship (in partnership with Corning Inc), the Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize, the Art in Science award (sponsored by NIST) and the µTAS video competition (in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics).

“Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship

Professor Dino Di Carlo was announced as the winner of 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). The “Pioneers of Miniaturization” Lectureship rewards early to mid-career scientists who have made extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. Professor Di Carlo received a certificate, a monetary award and delivered a short lecture titled ‘Microfluidic Frontiers’ at the conference. More information can be found on the competition blog.

Left to right: Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip) and Professor Di Carlo (winner).

Art in Science Award

Lab on a Chip and the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) presented the Art in Science award to Matteo Cornaglia from the Laboratory of Microsystems, EPFL in Switzerland. The award aims to highlight the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit. More information on the winning photograph can be found on the competition blog.

Left to right: Darwin Reyes (NIST), Matteo Cornaglia (winner) and Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip).

µTAS Video Competition

Lab on a Chip and Dolomite Microfluidics announced Dan Kirby and the Ducrée Lab, Dublin City University the winner of the 2015 µTAS Video Competition supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS).

µTAS participants were invited to submit short videos with a scientific or educational focus. The winners, the Ducrée Lab, recreated an 80’s music video titled “Spin me right round” to promote new areas of research in lab-on-a-disc platforms. The full video can be viewed on the competition blog.

Left to right: Mark Gilligan (Dolomite), Dan Kirby (winner) and Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip).

Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize

The Widmer Poster Prize was awarded to Jinho Kim from Inje University, Korea, with a poster titled “Single-cell isolation of circulating tumor cells by microfluidic technology”.

Left to right: Jinho Kim (winner) and Sarah Ruthven (Lab on a Chip).

Congratulations to all the winners at the conference! We look forward to seeing you at µTAS 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

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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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Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lecture 2015

Lab on a Chip will again join forces with Corning Incorporated to award the ninth ‘Pioneers of Miniaturisation’ Lectureship at µTAS, including a certificate of recognition and a prize of $5000.

Miniaturisation plays a significant role in our daily lives; devices are becoming smaller and smaller, and this trend is set to continue. Current micro and nano fluidic research encompasses many scientific developments and technologies that will increase our understanding of phenomena at the micro and nano scale and potentially have a huge positive impact on our lives in the future. The use of micro and nano fluidic technologies will impact on a diverse range of industries ranging from their use in motor cars, through health improvement applications and to their use in protecting national and environmental security needs.

Nomination Deadline: 10th July 2015

At Lab on a Chip, we strongly believe in this technology and have been willing to show the necessary commitment and financial support to back the development of this research community. It is in this vein we present this award to honour and support the up and coming, next generation pioneers in this field of endeavour. This years lectureship will be presented at the µTAS 2015 Conference in Gyeongju, Korea.

Who should you nominate?

  • Early to mid-career scientists.
  • Scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. This will be judged mainly through their top 1-3 papers and/or an invention documented by patents/or a commercial product. Awards and honorary memberships may also be considered. The awardee is required to give a short lecture at the µTAS Conference in the same year.

Who has won the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship in the past?

  • The 2014 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship was awarded to Sangeeta Bhatia, MIT.
  • Further information  on past winners can be found on our webpage.

How do I nominate?

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Lab on a Chip gives prestigious awards at µTAS 2014

The μTAS conference 2014 was held in October, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

As in previous years, Harp Minhas, Editor of Lab on a Chip, was in attendance at the conference to announce the prestigious Lab on a Chip awards, which include the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship (supported by Corning Inc), the Widmer Young Researcher Poster Prize, and the Art in Science Award (co-sponsored by NIST).

New to 2014: The μTAS Video Competition, created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society) was awarded for the first time at this years conference!

Art in Science Award

The Art in Science Award is given each year “to draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit.” This year’s award was presented to David Castro and research group form the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. More information on the winning photograph can be found on our competition blog.

Left to Right: Darwin Reyes (NIST) Shilpa Sivashankar (KAUST) Harpal Minhas (LOC) and Albert Folch (University of Washington)

Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship

The Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship recognises early-mid career scientists who demonstrate outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of micro- and nano-scale science. This year, the Lectureship was awarded to Sangeeta Bhatia, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology.  Dr Bhatia received a certificate$5000 and gave a short lecture at the conference. You can find out more about Dr Bhatia on our winners blog.

Left to Right: Harpal Minhas (LOC) Sangeeta Bhatia (winner) and Ed Fewkes (Corning Inc.)

Video Competitions

New to 2014 and created in partnership with Dolomite Microfluidics and supported by the CBMS (the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society) the video competiton was awarded to Tijmen Hageman and colleagues. 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. The full video can be viewed on our competition blog.

Left to Right: Harpal Minhas (LOC) Tijmen Hageman (winner) and Omar Jina (Dolomite Microfluidics)

Please join us at Lab on a Chip in congratulating all of our prize winners! We look forward to seeing you at μTAS 2015 in Gyeongju, Korea.

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Lectureship presented to Sangeeta Bhatia

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.

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2014 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship Winner

Dr. Sangeeta N. Bhatia is winner of  the 2014 Corning Inc./Lab on a Chip Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship

The 9th ‘Pioneers of Ministurisation‘ Lectureship, is for extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems and will be presented to Dr Bhatia at the µTAS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas in October. Dr Bhatia will receive a certificate, $5000 and will give a short lecture at the µTAS Conference, later this year.

About the winner

Dr Bhatia conducts research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, and biology to develop novel platforms for understanding, diagnosing, and treating human disease. Her ‘tiny technologies’ interface living cells with synthetic systems, enabling new applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics and drug delivery. She and her colleagues were the first to demonstrate that microfabrication technologies used in semiconductor manufacturing could be used to organize cells of different types to produce a tissue with emergent properties. Dr. Bhatia’s findings have produced high-throughput-capable human microlivers, which model human drug metabolism, drug-induced liver disease, and interaction with human pathogens. Her group also develops nanoparticles and nanoporous materials that can be designed to assemble and communicate to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including cancer.

Dr. Bhatia co-authored the first undergraduate textbook on tissue engineering and has published more than 150 manuscripts, that have been cited over 13,500 times. She and her 150+ trainees have contributed to more than 40 issued or pending patents and launched 9 biotechnology companies with close to 100 products. She is a frequent advisor to governmental organizations and consults widely for academia and industry.

Dr. Bhatia holds a B.S. from Brown University; an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT; a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from MIT; and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and currently she directs the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies at MIT. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is a member of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, a senior member of the Broad Institute, and a biomedical engineer at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Bhatia is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, Biomedical Engineering Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

We would like to congratulate Dr Bhatia on this achievement!

The 2013 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship was awarded to Shuichi Takayama, University of Michigan.

See here for further information, including past winners.

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2013 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lecture

The 2013 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Prize went to Shuichi Takayama!

Lab on a Chip joined forces with Corning Incorporated to award the eighth Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship, including a certificate of recognition and a prize of $5000.

The lectureship was presented at the µTAS 2013 Conference in Freiburg, Germany. The Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship recognises outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of micro- and nano-scale science. This year, the Lectureship was awarded to Professor Schuichi Takayama at the University of Michigan, USA.

Shu has made seminal contributions and provided true vision in advancing scientific developments and technologies that have increased our understanding of phenomena at the micro- and nano scale. Not only was he the first to report an organ on a chip, in his pioneering paper (PNAS 2007), but he has also developed bone-on-a-chip and stem cell-on-a-chip as well as establishing various organ-on-a-chip platforms. Amnosgt his many achievements, Shu has improved handling of sperm, eggs an embryos during the in vitro fertilization processes by designing integrated microfluidic systems.

Shu has published several papers in Lab on a Chip - click on the links to download his 2014 papers:

Elevating Sampling
Joseph M. Labuz and Shuichi Takayama
DOI: 10.1039/C4LC00125G, Frontier
From themed collection Lab on a Chip: Insights Issue

Defined topologically-complex protein matrices to manipulate cell shape via three-dimensional fiber-like patterns
Christopher Moraes, Byoung Choul Kim, Xiaoyue Zhu, Kristen L. Mills, Angela R. Dixon, M. D. Thouless and Shuichi Takayama
DOI: 10.1039/C4LC00122B, Paper
From themed collection Open access articles from Lab on a Chip

Control of soft machines using actuators operated by a Braille display
Bobak Mosadegh, Aaron D. Mazzeo, Robert F. Shepherd, Stephen A. Morin, Unmukt Gupta, Idin Zhalehdoust Sani, David Lai, Shuichi Takayama and George M. Whitesides
DOI: 10.1039/C3LC51083B, Paper

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Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lecture 2014 – deadline 30th June!

Miniaturisation plays a significant role in our daily lives; devices are becoming smaller and smaller, and this trend is set to continue. Current micro and nanofluidic research encompasses many scientific developments and technologies that will increase our understanding of phenomena at the micro and nano scale and potentially have a huge positive impact on our lives in the future. The use of micro and nano fluidic technologies will impact on a diverse range of industries ranging from their use in motor cars, through health improvement applications and to their use in protecting national and environmental security needs.

At Lab on a Chip, we strongly believe in this technology and have been willing to show the necessary commitment and financial support to back the development of this research community. It is in this vein we present this award to honour and support the up and coming, next generation pioneers in this field of endeavour. So Lab on a Chip will again join forces with Corning Incorporated to award the ninth ‘Pioneers of Miniaturisation’ Lectureship at µTAS, including a certificate of recognition and a prize of $5000. The lectureship will be presented at the µTAS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Who should you nominate?

The award is for early to mid-career scientists (nominees must be no older than 45 by the closing date for nominations).

The award is for extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. This will be judged mainly through their top 1-3 papers and/or an invention documented by patents/or a commercial product. Awards and honorary memberships may also be considered. The awardee is required to give a short lecture at the µTAS Conference in the same year.

The 2013 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship was awarded to Shuichi Takayama, University of Michigan. 

See here for further information, including past winners.

Nominations to Lab on a Chip Executive Editor Harp Minhas by 30th June

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Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lecture 2013 – deadline extended to 22nd July!

Send your nominations for the Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship to Lab on a Chip Managing Editor Harp Minhas by 22nd July!

Miniaturisation plays a significant role in our daily lives as all our handheld devices become smaller and other larger devices become handheld or desktop based and this trend is set to continue. The use of micro and nano fluidic technologies will impact on a diverse range of industries ranging from their use in motor cars, through health improvement applications to their use in protecting national and environmental security needs.

At Lab on a Chip, we strongly believe in this technology and have been willing to show the necessary commitment and financial support to back the development of this research community. It is in this vein we present this award to honour and support the up and coming, next generation pioneers in this field of endeavour. So the Lab on a Chip Journal will again join forces with Corning Incorporated to award the eighth ‘Pioneers of Miniaturisation’ Lectureship at µTAS, including a certificate of recognition and a prize of $5000. The lectureship will be presented at the µTAS 2013 Conference in Freiburg, Germany.

Who should you nominate?

The award is for early to mid-career scientists (nominees must be no older than 45 by the closing date for nominations).
The award is for extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the understanding or development of miniaturised systems. This will be judged mainly through their top 1-3 papers and/or an invention documented by patents/or a commercial product. Awards and honorary memberships may also be considered.The awardee is required to give a short lecture at the µTAS Conference in the same year.

The 2012 Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship was awarded to Professor Andrew deMello, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. 

See here for further information, including past winners.

Nominations to Lab on a Chip Managing Editor Harp Minhas by 22nd July

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