"Optofluidic devices"

Dr. Yan Chen
Shenzhen Institutes of Advance Technology


Optofluidics is an emerging research field that combines optics and microfluidics on the same chip. Various waveguides and optical cavities can be adapted into the microfluidic system and play important roles in constructing optofluidic devices with novel functionalities. In particular, the integration of active light sources such as lasers into microfluidic systems becomes an attractive approach for various biochemical applications, including sensing and spectroscopy. They can be developed based on both simple and advanced nano-device fabrication technologies. This talk explores the optics integration in microfluidics, which is the key issue for further development of complete “lab-on-a-chip” systems.


Dr. Yan Chen received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from California Institute of Technology in 2008. From 2009 to 2010, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton University. She is currently an associate professor in Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China. Dr Chen's research is focused on the integration of nano-optics and microfluidics for biochemical analysis, microfluidic single cell analysis for stem cell and cancer research, and portable integrated biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics.