Principal Investigator

Glenn Walker
I am an Associate Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. My group uses micro- and nanotechnology to develop devices that solve problems in medicine and biology. We actively identify clinical needs and then develop engineering solutions for these needs. Our interdisciplinary approach to problem solving results in frequent collaborations with faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine at UNC.

Research Scientist

Matt Rich (Biomedical Engineering)
Matt is developing inexpensive pumps based on porous media that can be integrated into commercially available point-of-care immunoassays. The long-term goal is to improve the performance of these assays without adding significant cost.

Graduate Students

Ming Yao (Mechanical Engineering)
Ming is fabricating and characterizing custom hypoxia chambers for high throughput cell culture. These chambers will be compatible with high-throughput screening workflows (e.g., robotic systems, plate readers).

Undergraduate Students

Sarah Beach (Biomedical Engineering)
Sarah is using the microfabrication technique xurography to make microfluidic tumor-on-a-chip devices that can be used to study cancer cells cultured under hypoxic conditions.

Matthew McCloskey (Biomedical Engineering)
Matthew is exploring a novel method for measuring flow rate within microfluidic devices that uses magnetic sensors.

Omar Mohd (Biomedical Engineering)
Omar is working with Matt to test improved point-of-care assays. He is also building instrumentation to measure flow rates in microfluidic devices.

Tyler Sattler (Biomedical Engineering)
Tyler is using LabView to control the instrumentation that will run the custom hypoxia chambers developed by Ming. He is also developing methods to characterize the performance of these chambers.