Raheel Samuel

Post Doctoral Researcher
I am a post doc working in mechanical engineering. I love to use basic science to build engineering solutions. Furthermore, I  enjoy interdisciplinary research as it is fun to learn from others and work with them to overcome challenges. Because of these aspirations, microfluidics as a very interdisciplinary field has served me very well. My research in microfluidics focuses on designing simple and cost-effective replica molding methods for making microfluidic devices out of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). PDMS is a very popular biocompatible elastomer used to make microfluidic devices for biomedical applications. Replica molding is a set of fabrication techniques used to make microfluidic devices. With this research focus I have designed simple and cost-effective replica molding protocols to make a microdevice used to calibrate Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems, a microvalve array for high throughput genetic screens of nematodes for neuronal-behavior analysis, and a microfluidic device used to genotype 1-2 day old zebrafish embryos without having any effect on embryos’ health.