The iBMF Lab:
The Integrated 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 that bridges 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.  Novel 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.

Contact of the PI:
Dr. Xiaolong Luo
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064
Office: G38 Pangborn Hall
Tel: 202-319-6952
Fax: 202-319-5173

Check Dr. Luo's calendar for availability for appointment. 

Contact of the iBMF Lab:
The iBMF Lab is located in room B20, Pangborn Hall within the School of Engineering at the Catholic University of America (CUA).

CUA sits 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.

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