Purdue engineer to talk on technology for testing blood samples

Published: Oct 18, 2010 2:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

James F. Leary, professor of nanomedicine at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, will speak on “Design and Fabrication of a Portable Point-of-Care Biomems Microfludic Blood Analyzer,” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in 136 Ross Hall. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Leary will discuss a hand-held blood analyzer for NASA and the International Space Station, as well as a heel prick sample from newborns, which is another developing use for the technology. He will also talk on next steps in testing, which will include wireless transmission of data from the device to a doctor’s office or hospital.

Leary earned an aerospace engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and doctorate in biophysics from Pennsylvania State University. He conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. An American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering fellow, Leary’s research interests include new high-throughput flow and image cytometry technologies for rare circulating tumor and cancer stem cells; portable, point-of-care BioMEMS microfluidic systems for blood analysis and microbial pathogen detection; high-throughput isolation and re-engineering of adult human stem cells at the single cell level for regenerative medicine; and smart nano-engineered, single-cell drug and gene delivery systems for nanomedicine.

Contributed by Elizabeth Mahaney