New Device Brings Us Closer to Coin-Sized Medical Labs

Updated February 27, 2018

Research by Kwang W. Oh, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering, and colleagues developed a chip that uses two different types of forces — capillary- and vacuum-driven — to shrink the diagnostic function of a medical lab onto a chip the size of a small coin. "The chip could become the basis for faster, more efficient and reliable lab on a chip devices. It puts us closer to using such devices where medical labs are lacking, such as the developing world, battlefields and even our homes,” he said.