I joined the Micro Mechanical Methods for Biology (M3B) Lab at the start of 2014. My initial research involved trapping and observing microbeads (100 micron) for bioassay binding. I designed multiple generations of devices in SolidWorks, manufactured them using a 3D Systems Projet HD3000, performed post-manufacturing processing to prepare the devices for testing, and then tested the devices using 100 micron microbeads. After quickly showing initiative in the group, the lab director, Dr. Ryan Sochol, advanced me to Co-Director along with a select few undergraduates. As a Co-Director, I was given the lead of another group, trying to develop microfluidic flow diodes using 3D printed springs. Over the course of 6 months, my group and I designed, fabricated, and tested 26 generations of diode designs.
In the Fall semester of 2014, I was asked to help out a third group with technical testing and data collection for their microfluidic circuit components for the purpose of submitting a journal paper. With this group, I helped organize testing days, as well as participated in a large amount of testing myself. For the journal paper, Dr. Sochol asked me to produce demonstrative designs in SolidWorks to show the capabilities of multi-jet 3D printing. The designs I produced as well as the data I collected are included in the journal paper. The journal paper is currently in submission.