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Headed by Samuel Sia, SiaLab focuses on using microfluidics for global health diagnostics and for 3D tissue biology.

Our lab focuses on using microfluidics for two different applications: tissue engineering and point-of-care diagnostics.

3D Tissue Engineering

We focus on the following core question: how do cells form tissues in three dimensions? We answer this question by precisely controlling cellular microenvironments, using advanced techniques in spatial positioning of cells, extracellular matrix, and growth factors. Ultimately, we aim to have the ability to rationally design tissues and organs and construct them from the ground up, cell by cell.

Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Our second major focus is to use the powerful techniques of MEMS and microfluidics to build low-cost handheld devices for performing sophisticated medical tests on a small credit card-sized chip. Our ultimate goal is to deploy these devices in remote settings in order to improve the health of people in developing countries.