BioMicroFluidics (iBMF) Lab, directed by Prof. Xiaolong Luo in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
School of Engineering at
the Catholic University of America (CUA), aims to develop novel tools
between engineering and biology. We handle
fluids in microscale (microfluidics), develop bio-microsystems with novel fabrication strategy (biofabrication), and
diagnoses biological events with microscopic and biosensing techniques.
We work with biopolymers including polysaccharides extracted from crab/insect shells (chitosan)
and sea weed algae (alginate) as well as proteins (collagen) to construct 3D hydrogels, fabricate
freestanding membranes, establish bilayer lipid membranes, assemble
biomolecules, immobilize living cells, and entrap optically-active
nanoparticles in microfluidic networks.
We design and fabricate integrated bio-microsystems to understand
fundamental science and address practical challenges.
bio-microsystems developed in our lab find important applications in
protein/metabolic engineering, cell-cell communications, membrane biology
and yeast aging studies in synthetic ecosystems, realizing laboratory
functions in microsystems (Lab-on-a-Chip) to expedite novel drug discovery
and improve human health.
The iBMF Lab is located in room B20, Pangborn Hall within the School of Engineering at
the Catholic University of America (CUA).
at the Brookland/CUA station on the Red Metro Line in Washington, District
of Columbia. It is only four stops north from
the National Mall.
The iBMF lab's phone number is 202-319-6717.
Last updated on 08/29/2016.