• Personal Biochips - Summer School

    July 22 - 26, ATLAS Institute, CU Boulder

    During this summer school, you will:

    This summer school program will engage 20 PhD students* in digital microfluidic research, with the aim of bridging the gap between computer science and microbiology. We invite PhD students with diverse backgrounds (e.g., computer engineering, biology, microfluidics).

     

    During the hands-on sessions, each student will build their own biochip, learn how to program it, and develop a bio-protocol for it. The students will work in groups and learn from each other how to collaborate and develop new ideas. Apart from the theoretical and hands-on sessions, the students will be involved in a “where would it lead” open discussion with the senior researchers; discussion meant to identify the current research challenges and the future directions of the field.

     

    *we welcome applications from postdocs and undergrads as well

  • speakers & mentors

    Duke University

    UC Riverside

    CU Boulder

    University of Washington

    University of Washington

    Open-Source Hardware Association

    Boston University

    Sci-bots Inc.

    Sci-bots Inc.

    SparkFunX

  • program

    July 22 (Monday) - Bio-protocols

    09:00 - 09:30 - Welcome by organisers (Mirela Alistar)
    09:30 - 10:30 - Lightning talks participants (4 mins each)
    == coffee break
    11:00 - 12:00 - Lightning talks participants (4 mins each)
    == lunch

    13:30 - 14:30 - Biological applications on microfluidic biochips
    14:30 - 16:30 - Hands-on: GFP cloning 1 (Mirela Alistar)
    == coffee break
    17:00 - 19:00 - Translate bio-protocol -> graph (on your own)

    July 23 (Tuesday) - Biochip design

    09:30 - 10:30 - Fun and more at SparkFunX (Nathan Seidle, SparkFun)
    == coffee break
    11:00 - 12:00 - Open source hardware in universities & academia (Alicia Gibb, OSHWA)
    == lunch
    13:30 - 14:30 - Design a biochip cartridge (on your own)
    14:30 - 16:30 - Hands-on: fabricate your biochip (Mirela Alistar)
    == coffee break
    17:00 - 18:00 - Hands-on: coat & test your biochip (Mirela Alistar)
    == social event

    July 24 (Wednesday) - Biochip programs

    09:30 - 10:30 - Microdrop and programming biochips (Ryan Fobel)
    == coffee break
    11:00 - 12:00 - Microfluidics for cellular communication (Ali Lashkaripour, Boston University)
    == lunch
    13:30 - 14:30 - Challenges in biochip research (open discussion)
    14:30 - 16:00 - Building a research community (group work)

    == outing in the mountains

    July 25 (Thursday) - Biochip automation

    09:30 -10:30 - Algorithms to automate bio-protocol execution on biochips (Philip Brisk, UC Riverside)
    == coffee break

    10:45 - 12:00 - Fault-tolerance in CAD tools for biochips (Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Duke University)
    == lunch
    13:00 - 14:30 - Combining Fluidics and Computation (Max Willsey, University of Washington)
    15:00 - 23:00 - Build your own biochips (Mirela Alistar)

    July 26 (Friday) - Future of biochips

    10:00 - 11:00 - Roadmap for biochip research (Mirela Alistar)
    == coffee break / collect feedback
    11:00 - 12:00 - Closing remarks (Mirela Alistar)
    == lunch
    13:30 - 16:00 - visit SparkFun Electronics
    == fly home

  • apply

    We encourage applications from PhD students with backgrounds in computer science and engineering, microfluidics, microbiology, mechanical engineering, material science and similar areas. Postdocs and undergrads are also encourage to apply.

     

    Please submit a motivation statement in the form below (max 500 words), explaining:

    (1) who you are (academic background, skills, research area)

    (2) what motivates you to participate to the Personal Biochips Summer School

    (3) what are your plans for future research

     

    The statement will not be published online, only used for our internal review.

     

    There is no participation fee, and all the materials for the bio-protocols and the biochips are covered by the Living Matter Lab. On top of that, we will select 5 participants to be offered travel grants up to $500. At the end of the motivation letter, please mention if you want to be considered for a travel grant.

     

    Application deadline: April 25, 2019

    Acceptance notification: April 30, 2019

    Summer school: July 22-26, 2019

  • organizers

    Contact us if you have questions. Looking forward to having you in our summer school!

    Assistant Professor, CU Boulder

    Coordinator of Living Matter Lab

    Professor, CU Boulder

    Director of Atlas Institute