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May 27th, 2015: Microfluidic Day @ Laval University

posted May 13, 2015, 8:10 PM by Amine M   [ updated May 13, 2015, 9:32 PM ]
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Prof. Miled from ECE Dept. and Prof. Greener from chemistry Dept. organize the first mini symposium on microfluidics at Laval university called Microfluidic Days @ Laval University.

A talk will be given by a distinguish lecturer Prof. David Juncker from McGill university: "Microfluidic technologies for addressing key challenges in biomedical research and diagnostics".

Then 4 Professors from Laval University will give short technical talks:

Prof. Amine Miled (ECE Dept.): Microfluidic system integration to catalyse neuroscience discoveries
Prof. Jesse Greener (Chem. Dept): In situ characterization in microchannels for biomaterial characterization
Prof. Faical Laarachi (Chem. Eng. Dept): Mixing and transport phenomena opportunities for magnetic nanoparticles in chemical engineering 
Prof. Seyed Mohammad Taghavi (Chem. Eng. Dept): Complex fluids research on nanofiber formation by centrifugal spinning

A poster competition will be organized during the mini symposium.

Mini-symposium program

09h30 -> 10h30       : Poster set up 
10h30 -> 11h30       : Poster pre-judging. 
13h30 -> 14h30       : Distinguish talk: Prof. David Juncker from McGill Univ. 
14h30 -> 15h30       : Technical talks, Laval University: Profs: Miled, Greener, Taghavi, Larachi) 
15h30 -> 16h15       : Round Table: Preliminary theme: Establishing a first microfluidic workshop @ Québec 
16h15 -> 17h00       : Poster finals with guest judge D. Juncker and award ceremony

Distinguish lecture details

Title:Microfluidic technologies for addressing key challenges in biomedical research and diagnostics, David Juncker, McGill Univ.

Microfluidics is the manipulation of minute amounts of liquids and has led to the incredible advances in  bioanalysis including sequencing and diagnostics as it helped obtain more data faster all while using smaller amounts of sample . Here I will summarize our efforts in creating, developing, and applying a series of microfluidic technologies while highlighting critical challenges for each application, and how microfluidic technologies could help tackle them. First I will present our work on capillary microfluidics based on mastering and exploiting capillary phenomena. Using microfluidics, we developed a new antibody microarray platform that outperforms other formats thanks to individual liquid addressing using pins or using microarray-to-microarray transfer on slides. This technology is being applied for discovering biomarkers for early diagnosis of breast cancer in blood. I will discuss “capillaric” circuits that – akin to electronic circuits – can be assembled using libraries of capillaric elements and execute complex fluidic operations autonomously. This technology is being developed in the context of point-of-care diagnostic assays. Next, I will present thread as low cost carrier for capillary microfluidic operations and for conducting immunoassays. Patterned, elastic strings to manipulate liquids as discrete droplets will be introduced. Using these strings digital microfluidic operations are conducted by transferring, mixing, and copying of droplets, simply by mechanically manipulating the elastic strings. I will briefly discuss our efforts on the isolation of circulating tumor cells that addresses the need for large volumetric flow to sample a sufficient number of cells. Finally, I will discuss the microfluidic probes and open microfluidics along with dipoles and quadrupoles that allow single cell processing and could be applied to dynamic chemotaxis experiments with human neutrophils.

Education: Diploma (European Master equivalent, 1995) and PhD (2002) from the Institute of Microtechnology (now part of EPFL) of the University of Neuchâtel

Biography: David stayed as a visiting scientist at the National Metrology Institute of Japan in Tsukuba from 1997-98. He conducted his PhD research at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory from 1999-2002. He then pursued his studies as a Post-doc first at IBM Zurich until 2004, and then one year at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). David started as an assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department of McGill University in 2005 and in 2011 he was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Awards: David received a fellowship from the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science for the stay in Japan. In 2006, David was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Micro- and Nanobioengineering, which was renewed in 2011. In 2012, he was further honoured by being selected as Young Scientist by the IAP - the global network of science academies - and asked to represent Canada at the World Economic Forum, the Summer Davos New Champions Meeting in Tianjin, China, Sept 10-15th, 2012

If you have any questions please contact Professor Amine Miled ( or Professor Jesse Greener (

The organizing commette would like to thanks ReSMIQ (Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Québec) and IEEE Quebec Section for their financial support for this event.

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