As always, a fantastic trip to Toulouse. Honoured to have been invited as external examiner for now Dr Alberto Jorge Valencia Navarro on his PhD thesis entitled Micro-scale study of the first stage of cake formation for the microfiltration of model particle and yeast suspensions: In-situ and real-time experimental approach, supervised by Philippe Schmitz and Christine Lafforgue-Baldas. Congratulations Alberto and the team!
A great opportunity to also catch up with the Toulouse Biotechnology Institute and special thanks to Nicolas Dietrich for hosting me those past couple of days :-)
What a fantastic experience this was ! Lucky enough to have been invited to a Newton-Bhabha workshop on antimicrobial resistance and microfluidics in Mumbai, India. Such a great atmosphere and plenty to think about. A very big thank you to Drs Despina Moschou and Debjani Paul for organising, Profs. Nicole Pamme and Jon Cooper for their mentorship and everyone else who made this trip so enjoyable. Special thanks also to Dr Asel Sartbaeva for exploring Mumbai with me - with lots of help from locals !
Andy had the opportunity to spend one week in Hanoi to test a new approach for sepsis diagnostics in hospitals. This project is a collaboration with Dr Julien Reboud and Dr Trung Tat Ngo, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Development Seed Funding.
I had a great time presenting our work on microfluidics for bioprocessing at the Laboratory of Biological Systems and Chemical Engineering (LISBP) in Toulouse (France).
Ewa presented our research on deformability induced lift force for purifying stem cell derived products using microfluidics at the microTAS conference in Taiwan... with a little bit of sightseeing too :-) More about her project here.
Honoured to have been invited by the Royal Academy of Engineering for the 6th Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium. I spent a couple of days in Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam - discussing the place of engineering in healthcare. Lots of exciting discussions around medical diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance.
I was invited by Prof. Lucy Robertson from the veterinary faculty of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo to evaluate the PhD thesis of her student, Birgitte Honsvall.
The work of Birgitte was dedicated to on-site analysis of microorganisms; using microfluidics and total analysis systems to separate and detect pathogens/algae. More about her work in the following publications:
Room packed with students during the first outreach event at the world-leading conference microTAS in Dublin. I presented to delegates our work on blood clotting using surface acoustic waves and to students how sound can be used to detect malaria. Our Lego DLD for particle separation was also here presented by Timm Krueger and Ewa Guzniczak (cf. outreach for further details).
Really interesting talks and posters about microfluidics from laboratory tools to process development at IFPEN