Microrheology of biofluids

Project summary

Understanding how biological fluids, with extremely fragile and complex rheology, flow in the body is critical to our ability to treat problems in sinuses, knees, elbows, the spine, and blood vessels. Often the first signs of illness or infection come when the flow of these fluids changes. This means such measurements could offer a way to rapidly detect illnesses.

Project objectives

  • study biological fluid flows at the microscale using bacteria and mimicking fluids
  • develop microfluidic devices that detect and measure problematic fluids
  • image 3D microstructures to understand flow in biological environments