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Centrifugal Rheometry and Rapid Stimulation of Dinoflagellate Bioluminescence in a Microfluidic Device

  • Author(s): Ronan, Edward
  • Advisor(s): Groisman, Alex
  • et al.

The field of microfluidics has continued to grow steadily since its inception and proven indispensable in the exploration of micron scale phenomenon. It is particularly well suited to tasks where only a small volume of fluid is available or where high throughput is desired. Here we present a simple microfluidic experiment allowing us to observe a large quantity of bioluminescent cells and observe their behavior on an individual basis.

Additionally, we present a novel device for measuring the elastic modulus of silicone gels and other transparent polymers. The device was created with the goal of characterizing the mechanical properties of environments used in biological experiments.

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