Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit (Amy Shen)

Unit Overview

Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit (MBNU) was established in July 2014 when Amy Shen moved from University of Washington, USA. While continuing existing research activities in Microfluidics and Rheology, several new interdisciplinary research projects have been initiated, in collaboration with other research units at OIST and outside OIST. In general, we combine experiments, theory, and modeling to explore the dynamics and properties of flows involving nano- or micro-structures (i.e., DNA, surfactants, lipid vesicles, or bacteria, cells), in which intermolecular/particle forces give rise to time- and length-scale distributions that are important in many biophysical and technological processes. Within this broad area, our current projects are motivated by natural/biological phenomena, and their solution often involves micro-/nano-fuidics, which facilitates the coupling of microstructural evolution with spatial confinement and flow.

Currently we have two core areas in the unit: one focuses on the fundamental aspects of micro- and nanofluidic flows (e.g., fluid mechancis, soft matter physics, rheology); another focuses on biotechnology, nanotechnology and healthcare applications related to micro- and nanofluidic flows (e.g., bioassays, biosensing, bio and nanomaterials synthesis).

Our unit members have unique and complementary expertises in fluid mechanics, soft matter physics, biomedical and chemical engineering, materials science, polymer/physical chemistry. Our group is truly international and diverse, as we come from the US, UK, Italy, India, Israel, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. 

Interested Students and Postdocs

Interested postdoctoral candidates should send an e-mail including a CV and a brief statement of research interests. A background in chemical/bio/mechanical engineering, soft matter physics, or a related discipline is desirable.

Interested students who would like to pursue a Ph.D with our group, please contact us for informal discussions about the entry requirements. OIST’s graduate program provides full funding for 5 years and conference travel costs (http://admissions.oist.jp/application-process).

OIST also offers a research intern program for BSc or MSc students, details are available at https://groups.oist.jp/grad/research-interns

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