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Welcome to the Columbia BioMEMS Laboratory!

The Columbia BioMEMS Laboratory is associated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. The laboratory is directed by Professor Qiao Lin.

Research in our laboratory centers on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as applied to biological sensing and manipulation, with an emphasis on controlling, sensing and characterizing biomolecules and cells by integrating MEMS transducers with microfluidics. Our research projects primarily include aptameric microfluidics, implantable MEMS affinity biosensors, MEMS-based characterization of temperature-dependent biomolecular behavior, polymer-enhanced microflow control, and BioMEMS modeling. These projects have resulted in, for example, microfluidic purification systems using thermally controlled, reversible aptamer-target binding; MEMS continuous glucose sensors using viscometric and dielectric affinity assays; MEMS biocalorimeters; compliance-based microflow control devices, and efficient and accurate microfluidic models.

Directions: Our laboratory is located in 170 Engineering Terrace on the Columbia campus, at the southwest corner of 120th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Detailed directions (including a map) are available for download (PDF, 192 KB).

Columbia BioMEMS Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Columbia University
220 Mudd Building, MC 4703
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Tel: 212-854-3221
Fax: 212-854-3304

We are currently seeking motivated Ph.D. students or postdoctoral scholars to undertake research in BioMEMS and microfluidics. Successful applicants must have a background in microfabrication, and hold a master's (Ph.D. applicants) or doctoral degree (postdoc applicants) in mechanical engineering or a related field (e.g., electrical, chemical or biomedical engineering). Experiences in instrumentation and measurement technology are desirable. Interested candidates are invited to email a resume to Professor Qiao Lin (qlin@columbia.edu).