Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture on “Biological Applications of Microfluids”

Posted on 3/30/2011 12:19:25 PM

The IUP chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will host its Spring Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

Dr. Laurie E. Locascio will speak on “Biological Applications of Microfluids” at 7:30 p.m. in Eberly Auditorium.

Dr. Laurie E. Locascio is a project leader and biomedical engineer in the Analytical Chemistry Division within the Chemical Science and Technology Laboraotry at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She has published more than sixty papers, and has filed for sixc patents in the fields of microfluidics, biosensors, and sensor/flow systems.

Her current research efforts involve the design and application of microfluidic chemical systems, also known as “lab-on-a-chip” devices. This work focuses on the development of new methods for microfabrication and microsystems integration, development of fundamental methods for accurately measuring flow and temperature in microsystems, development of new methods for improved microchemical separations and detection, and the development of microscale methods to facilitate single molecule measurement and manipulation.

Much of her earlier work involved the development of new methods for low-level detection of clinical and environmental analytes utilizing biological receptors for analyte recognition and employing both otpical and electrochemical elements.

Some of her honors and awards include the following: U.S. Department of Commerce Certificate of Recognition 1987, 1989, 1990; U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, 1991; National Institute of Standards and Technology Applied Research Award, 1993; and national tour speaker for the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, 1994.

Dr. Locascio is a member of the Journal of Analytical Chemistry editorial advisory board, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi.

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