Welcome to the BAST Lab at Southern Methodist University.
We are active in research covering a wide variety of topics, including:
•Single molecule biophysics
•Single cell analysis
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Tiny surgical robots that swim through the bloodstream:
Imagine robots that are so tiny that they can assemble themselves and swim through a patient’s arteries. We looked to bacteria for inspiration when designing these prototypes based on magnetic nanoparticles. The micro-swimmer robots could make some types of surgery unnecessary by unclogging arteries or delivering a drug to a precise location in the body. They should be ready for widespread use within four years.
We are an interdisciplinary experimental group that is developing small scale materials and devices for biological applications. ongoing research program can be broadly categorized into three core subject areas: transport phenomena, bioinspired systems design and fabrication, and single molecule biophysics. Although each core program consists of a distinct project, we would like to emphasize their synergistic nature - advances in one core are expected to drive the development of the...
BASTLab receives a three-year NSF DCSD grant to demonstrate the use of rotating magnetic fields to propel and steer microswimmer robots for medical applications such as drug delivery. The results will guide future development of control systems for microrobotics, and advance towards practically controllable magnetic microswimmers in vivo. (August 2016)
G. Goyal*, R. Mulero*, J. Ali, A. Darvish, M. J. Kim
*equally contributed to this paper
"Low aspect ratio micropores for single-particle and single-cell"
H. Kim, J. Ali, K. Phuyal, S. Park, M. J. Kim
"Investigation of bacterial chemotaxis using simple three-point microfluidic systems"
Rutkowska, K.J. Freedman, J. Skalkowska, M. J. Kim, J.B. Edel, T. Albrecht
"Electrodeposition and bipolar effects in metallized nanopores and their use in the detection of insulin"