1st Place Capstone Team: Kyle King, Dakota Katz, Patricia Barton, Kenny Ke, and Divya Jain
I am a Systems Engineer at Meso Scale Diagnostics where I apply my broad skill set as a bioengineer, maker, and developer.
Previously an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Maryland MEMS and Microfluidics Lab, a Research and Development Intern at Canon US Life Sciences, and a Full Stack Developer and Team Liaison for Team B.I.K.E.S.
The Canon US Life Sciences internship program pairs an intern with a mentor to focus on unique projects that generate new intellectual property. For my project over the summer of 2015, I prototyped a novel technique to concentrate large sample volumes within a microfluidic consumable. One of the main issues with microfluidic technology is the reliance on small sample volumes which may not be representative of the patient's system. When a biomarker occurs only in low concentrations, a small sample volume has the statistical potential to emit or concentrate the target biomarker leading to an incorrect diagnosis. The concept device concentrates large samples up to 1 ml into small volumes that are optimal for microfluidic processing. Canon is currently protecting the technology as a trade secret during development with plans of patenting the technology.