Acoustic single cell traps: Understanding the woods by examining the trees

Project: Research

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Project Description

This project aims to define the underlying physics behind the manipulation of individual cells in a microfluidic chip
using acoustic forces. To trap single cells the acoustic wavelength excited must be reduced to the order of a cell
diameter, this regime has never previously been explored despite its exciting potential. In contrast to existing cell
population studies which gather averaged data (e.g. the percentage of cells which responded to a certain stimuli).
By trapping a grid of individual cells a population can be examined as a series of single entities retaining
unprecedented information about differences in subpopulation responses. In a twist to the proverb, we can see
the woods by examining the trees.
Effective start/end date1/05/1631/12/19


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$360,000.00
  • Monash University