Invited speakers

Invited speakers


Analysis and manipulation of single cells on microfluidics-integrated arrays

Professor Carlotta Guiducci, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Carlotta Guiducci is associate professor of Bioengineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Bologna (I). Her research interests are in the field of microsystems for bioanalytics and individualized medicine. Her team has been recently working on microfabrication technologies for high-throughput on-chip cytometry and on innovative methods for nucleic acids tests. Carlotta Guiducci was a recipient of the 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award and the coordinator of a Swiss consortium on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (


Novel chip layouts and wiring schemes for accurate and multiparametric microfluidic impedance cytometry
Professor Federica Caselli, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Federica Caselli is Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She graduated in Medical Engineering (M.S.), in Mathematics (M.S.), and earned her Ph.D. in Structural Engineering on advanced computational methods for biological structures. She has been involved as key staff in national and international research projects (PRIN, Mission Sustainability, FP7) and she is presently the PI of the project “MUltidimensional Single-cell Impedance Cytometry” (MUSIC), funded by the “Scientific Independence of Young Researchers Programme”. Her group focuses on the development of microfluidic devices for label-free characterization of biological cells. Specific areas of interest include microfluidic impedance cytometry and single-cell biophysical phenotyping, with applications to diagnostics and life-science research.


Microparticle analysis with insulator based dielectrophoresis
Dr Blanca Lapizco-Encinas, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas is an Associate Professor in the Department Biomedical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her current research efforts are focused on the development of microscale electrokinetic techniques for the manipulation of bioparticles. Her main research objective is to develop electrokinetic-based microdevices that would answer the needs of a wide array of applications, from cell assessments for clinical/biomedical applications to food safety and environmental monitoring. Her research work has been funded by the NSF and other funding agencies in the US and Mexico. Her research efforts have received awards from the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the L’OREAL for Women in Science program. Research findings from her group have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals articles and presented at international conferences. She serves as a Deputy Editor for the Journal ELECTROPHORESIS and has served as Vice-President and Councilor for the AES Electrophoresis Society.


Dr Robbyn Anand, Iowa State University, USA

Robbyn K. Anand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Crooks with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She developed microfluidic devices employing bipolar electrodes for electrokinetic focusing of charged species and membrane-free seawater desalination. Then, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked with Prof. Daniel T. Chiu at the University of Washington on the capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells. During that time, she also pioneered a technique for dielectrophoretic manipulation of biological cells using electric field gradients extended by the manipulation of local ionic strength. Research in the Anand group is focused on the development of electrokinetic, microfluidic, and electrochemical approaches to address critical needs in human health. Robbyn has also founded the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat, an annual event aimed at the retention and advancement of women in the chemical enterprise.


Dielectrophoretic filtration for high-throughput particle enrichment
Georg R. Pesch, Universität Bremen, Germany

Georg Pesch is group leader for reaction engineering and particle separation in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bremen. He received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Production Engineering from the University of Bremen as well as his Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D. in Engineering) from the same University in the group of Prof. Jorg Thöming. Apart from his growing interest in the modeling of heat and mass transfer during heterogeneously catalyzed reactions, his main research focuses on dielectrophoretic effects in porous media and their application for high-throughput particle separation using both simulation methods and experiments. One of his specific interests is the applicability of dielectrophoresis for material-selective separation at industrial-scale throughputs.


Label-free, Non-optical Biomolecular Detection in Unaltered Human Serum Using Fluidic Dielectrophoresis
Zach Gagnon, USA

Zach Gagnon is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, then earned his M.S and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame with Hsueh-Chia Chang on problems in microfluidics and electrokinetics. He then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he worked in microfluidics and cell migration with Peter Devreotes. Gagnon received the NSF CAREER Award in 2014 and was a recent recipient of the 2017 NASA Early Career Faculty Award. His group focuses on electrokinetic processes that occur in microscale systems, both experimentally and theoretically. Specific areas of interest include dynamic polarization processes at microfluidic interfaces, dielectrophoresis, isotachophoresis, flows in micro-chemical environments, and biosensing for portable diagnostics.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (extension):
    20 June 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    6 July 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    18 July 2018