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!
Thomas is a 6th-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. During the pandemic, he has applied this EV detection work to another lipid bilayer nanoparticle: SARS-CoV-2. 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 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 recently received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Anushka is a 5th-year PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. In the Streets Lab, her research focuses on building microfluidic devices to advance making measurements at the single-cell level, with a particular focus on using these tools to study fat development in humans. Anushka did her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India where she worked on building a digital microfluidics platform for on-demand, rapid patterning of cells. Outside of lab, Anushka loves to walk, play badminton, and watch cricket!
Diego Huyke Villeneuve
Diego is a National Science Foundation Fellow and PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. There, he is a member of the Stanford Microfluidics Lab (led by Prof. Juan G. Santiago). His current research varies across fast mixing for X-ray applications, red blood cell biomechanics, and electric-field accelerated CRISPR diagnostics. Diego earned a BS in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a proud parent of a cat named Figs.