About Bay Area Microfluidics Network

Bay Area Microfluidics Network brings together leaders in microfluidic technologies to foster innovation and collaboration within and amongst the region’s academic institutions and industries. Specifically, Bay Area Microfluidics Network seeks to 1) encourage academic-industrial collaborations and partnerships; 2) connect prospective employees such as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to companies looking for talent; and 3) facilitate cross-pollination of ideas between the foremost authorities in microfluidic technologies.

Bay Area Microfluidics Network hosts a variety of networking events consisting of short talks or a panel discussion. Afterwards, attendees are encouraged to mingle in an informal setting. Come discover the latest and greatest work in microfluidics!


Yatian Qu

Dr. Yatian Qu is working at Purigen Biosystems as a microfluidics engineer to develop hands-free solutions for extracting and quantifying nucleic acids from biological samples. She received her M.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. For her graduate study, she worked with Prof. Juan Santiago in Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory. Yatian was the recipient of Lawrence Scholar Fellowship from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Ginzton Research Assistantship Award from Stanford University. She has diverse research experiences in microfluidics, including developing novel electrophoresis techniques to extract nucleic acids and proteins from biological samples and developing high performance water desalination systems using porous carbon materials. She was the lead researcher in a large collaborative and multi-disciplinary Stanford-LLNL team. Yatian is passionate about microfluidics, life sciences and sustainable technologies. She enjoys hiking, sketching and learning new things in her free time.

Thomas Carey

Thomas is a 3rd-year PhD student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. In the Sohn Lab, his research focus is on using tumor-derived extracellular vesicles to noninvasively screen for cancer. Thomas earned a B.S. in Engineering and Biology from Harvey Mudd College and previously worked as a Research Engineer at the BioMEMS Resource Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Outside of lab, Thomas trains for triathlons and spends as much time outdoors as possible.

Calum Marrs

Calum is a Regional Executive for Blacktrace, a group of technology companies that includes Dolomite, Dolomite Bio and Syrris. All of which operate at the cutting edge of microfluidics, with applications ranging from droplet biology and single cell sequencing to flow chemistry and process optimization. Calum graduated with an MSci (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Lancaster and has also studied at the University of Georgia. His work on the synthesis of molecular switches and novel interlocked molecules (rotaxanes and catenanes) has been published in the Royal Society Journal of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Outside of work he is is a keen guitar player, traveler and enjoyer of craft beer!