March 26, 2019 – James Landers, PhD, MicroGEM director and commonwealth professor of chemistry at the University of Virginia, presented the Tuesday plenary session at the International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis held in Corvalis, OR on March 25-28, 2019.

Dr. Landers discussed a next-generation microfluidics system that generates fast, portable, cost-effective DNA data pertinent to forensics. Critical components include microfluidic DNA extraction and PCR amplification, followed by chip-based DNA capillary electrophoresis.

This faSTR DNA Profiling system leverages centrifugal force to move small volumes of fluid by spinning the microdevice, and exploits a new fabrication approach for cost-effective microfluidic discs. Together, these combine to create a system that is small (<600 cubic inches), light (<10 lbs) and capable of generating a DNA profile in ~30 minutes. In addition to forensic and military applications, this technology offers benefits to the civilian sector, specifically, potential use by transplant patients monitoring their immune system adaptation to newly acquired organs.

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