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 5th-year PhD candidate 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.

Samira Darvishi

Samira is a mechanical engineer at Signal Biosystems and developing a microfluidic device that will make life easier for anyone conducting experiments with precious reagents. She started her training as an engineer in aerospace at Sharif University of Technology, Iran. Her master’s at Stony Brook University was focused on studying two phase flow in microchannels and developing new inexpensive micro-fabrication techniques using lasers. For her PhD (major: fluid dynamics, minor: renewable energy technologies) she worked with Dr. Mary Frame, a physiologist, and studied red blood cell flow in pre-capillary arteries using microfluidic devices that she designed and fabricated. She was the lead microfluidics engineer at Prellis Biologics, where she worked on developing the technology to 3D print human tissue by applying principles of microfluidics to designing vasculature for various 3D structures.

Adam Nekimken

Adam recently received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.