Dr. Erica Jung

Massachusetts Institute of Technology




1043 ERF


Low Reynolds number flows are found in living organisms (e.g. blood flow) and widely exploited to handle/examine biological materials (e.g. single cells) due to the ease of control at microenvironment, the multiplexity to handle multiple samples via varioius assays, and the compatiblity to conventional imaging systems. In this presentation, I will introduce my previous work on building microfluidic systems that integrate mechanical, optical, and biological components for reconfigurable photonics and renewable energy and my current work on the development of a high throughput screening method to evolve molecular tools for neural activity recording. Building on my background in micro/nano fluidics, optics, and biology, I will propose to develop microfluidic devices for biomedical applications (e.g. cancer detection and drug screening for neuronal diseases) and investigate microfluidics in living organisms to study the fluid dynamic properties of cerebral blood flow in brain disorders.

Erica Jung is currently a postdoctoral associate at Synthetic Neurobiology Laboratory at MIT Media Lab. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University. Her research focus at Cornell was to develop microfluidic platforms for novel applications in reconfigurable photonics and photobioreactors. At MIT, she is developing novel molecular tools for neuronal imaging by employing a set of innovative engineering and biology techniques.

Host: Dr. Kenneth Brezinsky
For more information, please contact Prof. Kenneth Brezinsky at kenbrez@uic.edu.