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Research Project: Advanced Development of Innovative Technologies and Systematic Approaches to Foodborne Hazard Detection and Characterization for Improving Food Safety

Location: Molecular Characterization of Foodborne Pathogens Research

Title: Droplet-based biosensing for lab-on-a-chip, open microfluidics platforms

item Dak, Piyush - Purdue University
item Ebrahimi, Aida - Purdue University
item Swaminathan, Vikhram - Purdue University
item Duarte-guevara, Carlos - Purdue University
item Bashir, Rashid - Purdue University
item Alam, Muhammad - Purdue University

Submitted to: Biosensors
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/9/2016
Publication Date: 4/14/2016
Citation: Dak, P., Ebrahimi, A., Swaminathan, V., Duarte-Guevara, C., Bashir, R., Alam, M.A. 2016. Droplet-based biosensing for lab-on-a-chip, open microfluidics platforms. Biosensors. doi: 10.3390/bios6020014.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Low cost, portable sensors can transform health care by bringing easily available diagnostic devices to low and middle income population, particularly in developing countries. Sample preparation, analyte handling and labeling are primary cost concerns for traditional lab-based diagnostic systems. Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC) platforms based on droplet-based microfluidics promise to integrate and automate these complex and expensive laboratory procedures onto a single chip; the cost will be further reduced if label-free biosensors could be integrated onto the LoC platforms. Here, we review some recent developments of label-free, droplet-based biosensors, compatible with “open” digital microfluidic systems. These low-cost droplet-based biosensors overcome some of the fundamental limitations of the classical sensors, enabling timely diagnosis. We identify the key challenges that must be addressed to make these sensors commercially viable and summarize a number of promising research directions.