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Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 02:00pm - 03:00pm


Yu Hwa LoProf. Yu-Hwa Lo

Professor, UCSD Jacobs

Lab-on-a-Chip Devices for Point-of-Care in-vitro Diagnostics

Abstract: The quality and cost of health care directly affects hundreds of millions of people in the US and trillions of dollars of spending, equivalent to 16% of the GDP in the United States. Enhancing the quality of health care while cutting down the health care cost has become the single most important issue to keep the national debts under control for the US and many other developed countries. Point of care is considered as the most promising path to keep the heath care cost under control or even reduced. We will discuss our lab-on-a-chip translational research for its applications in point-of-care diagnostics. Examples include: lab-on-a-chip flow cytometers and fluorescence activated cell sorters (FACS) which bring the laboratory tests to point of care clinics, cell and nucleic acid assays for early diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases, and health monitoring devices over mobile platforms. The underlining technologies for these devices are microfluidics, photonics, acoustics, and nanotechnologies. It is crucial that these different technologies can be integrated in a cost effective fashion to form devices capable of delivering the required functions and performance for healthcare and medicine. We hope that from the device examples and the technologies presented in this talk, we can learn lessons and draw conclusions about the prospect and challenges for realization of the vision of point of care, which, together with remote medicine, personalized medicine, and preventive medicine, is one cornerstone for the 21th century health care.

Bio: Prof.Yu-Hwa Lo received his PhD in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley in 1987. He was a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore from 1988 to 1990. In 1991, he joined the faculty of School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University as an Assistant Professor and then became an Associated Professor. He became a professor of ECE Department of UCSD since 1999, and the director of the Nano3 Facility of Calit2 since 2006. His research covers optoelectronic materials and devices, single photon detectors, and more recently, microfluidics, biophotonics, nanophotonics, and medical devices for life sciences and biomedicine. He has published around 400 technical articles, 12 book chapters, and been awarded 28 patents. He has co-founded 4 companies and currently served the advisory board for NanoCellect Biomedicals, Nanovision, and Cellgen. He has received the NSF Career Award, Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) Award, NASA Innovation Award, Eli Lilly Faculty Fellow, and several teaching and best paper awards. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the IEEE.

Hosted by: EECS Prof. Hooman Mohseni

Location Ford ITW Auditorium (Room 1-350)
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 at 02:00pm
Contact Lana Kiperman, (847) 467-0028,

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