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Microsystems for Medical Diagnosis and Cell Discrimination

Micro-technologies in the form of MEMS have made an impact on solutions for active sensing in healthcare and other application fields. Capitalising on this technology and combining novel sensing and signal processing technologies, the research group aim to produce advanced information sensors capable of outputting information and discriminating measurements on a sub-micron basis. The techniques will combine novel sensing methods, MEMS and Nanotechnology. Working at this scale to discriminate distributive cell behaviour, characteristics and structure will enable greater understanding of cell processes and offer the opportunity to radically improve healthcare.

This combination of novel technologies integrating new approaches to sensing give the potential to produce powerful devices to discriminate diseases in real time and offer new therapies that are currently difficult or impossible to achieve.

Two examples described are:

  • A micro-fluidic system for cell separation.
  • A microplate based cellular bio-sensing system.

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