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Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

Welcome to Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

The applications of microfluidics are among the greatest engineering challenges of the century and include drug discovery efforts, typing of single nucleotide polymorphisms for genetically-based drug prescription, fundamental genetics research, and proteomics.  The field lies at the interfaces between engineering, chemistry, and biology; and aims to develop lab-on-a-chip systems.

The technology has the potential to achieve the following:

  •  Exploration of single cell and single molecule biophysics

  •  Miniaturization and portability of chemical assays

  •  Cost savings of minimal reagent use

  •  Potential for massively-parallel and high-throughput biochemical analyses

Engineering challenges include the realization of optimized processes in mixing, reaction, separation, pre-concentration, and detection of chemical species.

The Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory operates under the direction of Professor Juan G. Santiago of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A major theme of our lab is the  exploitation  of the physical regimes associated with micro- and nano-scale devices in order to achieve new functionality.  The long-term goal is to enable chemical and biological discoveries, help define the role of engineers in microfluidics, and educate the future leaders in the field.