Wednesday, May 9, 2018
4:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)

Materials Science Research Lecture

Bioelectronic Devices for Personalized and Precision Medicine
Wei Gao, Assistant Professor, Medical Engineering, Caltech

Abstract: The rising clinical and basic research interest in personalized and precision medicine promises to revolutionize traditional medical practices. This presents a tremendous opportunity for developing bio-electronic devices toward predictive analytics and treatment. An ecosystem consisting of emerging wearable biosensors and medical nanorobots can potentially combine health monitoring with delivery of therapy and offer distinct advantages in realizing personalized and precision medicine. In this talk, I will firstly introduce fully-integrated biosensors for multiplexed in-situ perspiration analysis, which can selectively measure a wide spectrum of sweat analytes (e.g. metabolites, electrolytes, heavy metals and drugs) and provide insightful information about our health state. Then I will discuss the propulsion and applications of the synthetic nanorobots which have the potential to navigate through the human body for precision therapy internally, without the need for invasive surgical incisions. These bioelectronic devices open the door to a wide range of personalized diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

Biography: Wei Gao is an assistant professor of Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of California, San Diego in 2014 as a Jacobs Fellow and HHMI International Student Research Fellow. In 2014-2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a recipient of 2018 Sensors Young Investigator Award, 2016 MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) and 2015 ACS Young Investigator Award (Division of Inorganic Chemistry). His research interests include wearable and flexible electronics, biosensors, nanorobotics and nanomedicine.

Contact Jennifer Blankenship jennifer@caltech.edu at 626-395-8124
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