Micro and nanotechnology applied to life sciences

Monday, March 14, 2016 to Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Infotech Oulu Doctoral Program


Lecturer: Associate Professor Danny van Noort, Linköping University, Sweden and  Universidad de los Andes, Chile

Lecture times

Monday 14th March: 13:15 – 16:00
Tuesday 15th March: 13:15 – 16:00
Wednesday 16th March: 13:15 – 15:00

Venue: TS 3110 (Tietotalo 1)

Credit points: 2 ECTS

No pre-registration required

Lecture titles

1. Introduction to micro and nanotechnology

2. Microfluidics

3. Bacterial cultures on chip

4. 3D cell cultures

5. Organ on a chip

6. Body on a chip

7. Other organisms

8. Mechanobiology


Micro and nanotechnology can help to understand biological processes. In this lecture series we will mainly cover cell cultures in microfluidics. Microfluidic chips have the advantage that they have a well-defined control over the microenvironment and are in the same dimensions as the physiological system. This gives the possibility to create 3D cell cultures which allows for an in vivo system in vitro, unlike 2D cell cultures. Cell functions can be more improved by having co-cultures. Microtechnology can also be used to create organs on a chip to closer mimic how organs function and study the interaction between different cell types.  The next step is to connect the organs together to create a human on a chip, or body on a chip.  Systems like these can help to replace animal models and have a drug screening system tuned towards the human physiology. Cells react not only towards chemical environment, but also towards their physical environment. The lectures will finish with an overview in the area of mechanobiology which studies the cell's response to topology.

More Information: Anita Lloyd Spetz, Niina Halonen

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