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...
Our ongoing research on nano/microrobotics has been featured in the IEEE PULSE Magazine: Tiny Conveyance – Micro- and nanorobots prepare to advance medicine. (January 2018)
The AIP news has posted a press release entitled “Going Swimmingly: Biotemplates Breakthrough Paves Way for Cheaper Nanobots” based on our journal article, “Biotemplated Flagellar Nanoswimmers”. (December 2017)
M.J. Kim, A.A. Julius, U.K. Cheang
“Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems,” 2nd Edition, Elsevier, 2017.
J.B. Edel, M.J. Kim, A. Ivanov
“Nanofludics,” 2nd Edition, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016.
H. Kim, J. Ali, K. Phuyal, S. Park, M. J. Kim
"Investigation of bacterial chemotaxis using simple three-point microfluidic systems," Biochip J., Vol. 9, No. 1, p. 50-58, 2015.