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The MicroTAS workshops, presented by some of the best microfluidics researchers, are designed to serve as a short primer to contextualize each workshop topic, while profiling some of the emerging advances. While they are targeted towards training early career researchers, they provide technical insight at a level that cannot be covered during any of the presentations in the main conference.

This year, the workshops will occur in a hybrid format. Each topic will have 2-4 presenters, with pre-recorded presentations being made available a week in advance of the conference to registrants. The workshop panels, including Q&A and discussions, will occur on the Sunday of the conference (October 10), with in-person attendees at a designated room in Palm Springs, California, and remote attendees tuning in virtually at the designated web link.

Attendees may register for multiple workshops, but will only be able to attend one Q&A/discussion per time slot. Questions can be submitted in advance or during the panel, so that the moderator can address them to the presenters for discussion of the relevant issues.

All pre-recorded content will be available approximately one week prior to the conference.

To add a workshop to an existing registration, please visit this link.

Time Slot 1

Sunday, 10 October, 09:30 - 10:30 Pacific Daylight Time (Palm Springs, CA)
Sunday, 10 October, 18:30 - 19:30 Central European Summer Time (Berlin)
Monday, 11 October, 01:30 - 02:30 Japan Standard Time (Tokyo)

Workshop 1: Tissue and Organ-on-Chip Microsystems (Moderated by Rebecca Pompano)
This workshop will cover microsystem-based in vitro approaches to assemble and phenotype organoids, tissues and organs, including methods to recapitulate in vivo cues and disease models.

Biophysics of Organs-On-Chip
Stephanie Descroix (Leader and Speaker)
Institut Curie, FRANCE

Cardiac Microphysiological Systems
Megan McCain
University of Southern California, USA

Intestine-On-Chip with Material and Biological Aspects
Elena Martínez Fraiz
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, SPAIN

Integrating Electronic Sensors into Organs-On-Chip
Roisin Owens
University of Cambridge, UK

Workshop 2: Technologies for Global Health and Resource-Poor Settings (Moderated by Ya-Yu Chiang)
This workshop will cover technologies for resource-poor and point-of-care diagnostics, including design and fabrication of microfluidic chips, assay platforms and connected health care opportunities.

John Connelly - Co-Leader and Speaker
NAAT Diagnostics, Global Health Labs, USA

Kevin Nichols - Co-Leader
Amazon Diagnostics, USA

Workshop 3: Liquid Biopsies (Moderated by Ya-Yu Chiang)
Types of circulating biomarkers in liquid biopsies, their significance to disease diagnostics, methods to isolate, expand and omic-analysis of these markers.

Valérie Taly
Université de Paris, FRANCE

Yong Zeng
University of Florida, USA

Time Slot 2

Sunday, 10 October, 11:00 - 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time (Palm Springs, CA)
Sunday, 10 October, 20:00 - 21:00 Central European Summer Time (Berlin)
Monday, 11 October, 03:00 - 04:00 Japan Standard Time (Tokyo)

Workshop 4: Artificial and Engineered Cell Systems
Tools for developing and characterizing artificial cells on a chip, including liposomes, droplet interface bilayers (DIBs), giant unilamellar vesicles, prototissues, coacervates, etc.

Engineered Cellular Systems for Drug Delivery & Diagnostics
Katherine Elvira
University of Victoria, CANADA

Engineered Cellular Systems for Exobiology
Victor Ugaz
Texas A&M University, USA

Workshop 5: Single-cell Data Analytics (Moderated by Nathan Swami)
Inline phenotypic recognition, machine learning for automated phenotypic classification, single-cell transcriptomic analysis

Inline Signal Analysis for Phenotypic Recognition
Federica Caselli
University of Rome Tor Vergata, ITALY

Single-Cell Transcriptomic Analysis
Bo Wang
Stanford University, USA

Machine Learning for Automated Impedance-Based Phenotypic Classification
Carlos Honrado
University of Virginia, USA

Workshop 6: Open Space Microfluidics
Device configurations for microfluidics that is not constrained by closed channels and walls, including the underlying hydrodynamics and mass transport laws, the fabrication and sample manipulation platforms and emerging applications.

Govind Kaigala - Lead Presenter

Time Slot 3

Sunday, 10 October, 15:30 - 16:30 Pacific Daylight Time (Palm Springs, CA)
Monday, 10 October, 00:30 - 01:30 Central European Summer Time (Berlin)
Monday, 11 October, 07:30 - 08:30 Japan Standard Time (Tokyo)

Workshop 7: Machine Learning for Microfluidic Design and Automation (Moderated by Ya-Yu Chiang)

Machine Learning in Microfluidic Circuit Design
Junchao Wang
Hangzhou Dianzi University, CHINA

Data-Driven Transport and Materials Design Using Machine Learning Models
Yoonjin Won
University of California, Irvine, USA

Design Automation for Digital Microfluidic Biochips Using Machine Learning
Tsung-Yi Ho
National Tsing Hua University, TAIWAN

Workshop 8: Microfluidics for Microbiota Analysis (Panel moderated by Nathan Swami)
Bacterial networks for synthetic biology, gene regulation, decision making & computation, Organ-on-chip, gut-on-chip microbiome systems

Bacterial Networks for Synthetic Biology, Gene Regulation, Decision Making & Computation
James Boedicker
University of Southern California, USA

Organ-On-Chip, Gut-On-Chip Type Microbiome Systems
Hyun Jung Kim
University of Texas, Austin, USA

Workshop 9: Microfluidic Systems Integration (Moderated by Chien-Fu Chen)
Paper-based device integrated with smartphone open instrumentation methods and toolkits for single cell studies.

Yuan Hao
Southwest Jiaotong University, CHINA

Paper-Based Device Integrated with Smartphone
Chien-Fu Chen
National Taiwan University, TAIWAN

Open Instrumentation Methods and Toolkits for Single Cell Studies
Adrian Nightingale
University of Southampton, UK

Time Slot 4

Sunday, 10 October, 17:00 - 18:00 Pacific Daylight Time (Palm Springs, CA)
Monday, 11 October, 02:00 - 03:00 Central European Summer Time (Berlin)
Monday, 11 October, 09:00 - 10:00 Japan Standard Time (Tokyo)

Workshop 10: Microfluidics for Immunology
Use of microfluidics to model the immune system, including in organs-on-chip and models of blood and lymphatic vasculature, and to provide advanced analysis of immune function.

Immune-Competent Microphysiological Models; Profiling of Immunometabolism and Inflammation On-Chip
Qasem Ramadan
Alfaisal University, SAUDI ARABIA

Microscale Models of Immunity in Diabetes; Integrating Immune-Biomaterials with Microfluidics
Cherie Stabler
University of Florida

Models of Lymphatics and Immunity On-Chip
Esak (Isaac) Lee
Cornell University, USA

Workshop 11: Sensor Integration for Microsystems
Microsystems integrated with sensors for reliable, reproducible, and versatile assay platforms, including integrated plasmonic biosensors, electrochemical of cell secretions and analysis of tissue slices with microfluidic stimulation.

Electrochemical Analysis of Tissue Slices
Ashley Ross
University of Cincinnati, USA

Point-of-Care Integrated Plasmonic Biosensor Microsystems
Katsuo Kurabayashi
University of Michigan, USA

Electrochemical Sensing of Cell Secretions in Microsystems
Kosuke Ino
Tohoku University, JAPAN

Workshop 12: Microfluidic Flow Visualization (Moderated by Ya-Yu Chiang)

Temperature Sensitive Paint (TSP) And PIV Integration in Microfluidics
Chih-Yung Huang
National Tsing Hua University, TAIWAN

Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP) In-Flow Visualization
Yasuhiro Egami
Aichi Institute of Technology, JAPAN

PSP Applications in Microfluidics
Yu Matsuda
Waseda University, JAPAN

Workshop 13: 3D Printing for Microfluidics and Open-Source Devices

3D Printed Systems for Cell and Tissue Culture
Yi-Chin Toh
National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE

Modular Microfluidics
Noah Malmstadt
University of Southern California, USA

3D Printed Devices for Biomolecular Sensing
Greg Nordin
Brigham Young University, USA