27 Jan 2020 - 15:12
A photograph of a glass microchannel.  One of the side walls has been removed to expose a slender glass microcylinder in the center of the channel. 1-yen coin included for scale.
Type: Photo
26 Aug 2019 - 12:04
DNA sequencing technologies are indispensable in medicine, although having quick access to results has historically been a challenge. As part of a collaboration, researchers at the Okinawa Institute...
Type: News Article
26 Aug 2019 - 11:59
The DNA, enzyme, and other compounds needed for DNA replication are placed in a liquid and loaded onto the plastic chip (“fluid in”). Here, the DNA (“substrate”) sticks to the nanomushroom structures...
Type: Photo
26 Aug 2019 - 11:57
A researcher squirts reactants onto a tiny plastic chip, where the reaction takes place. A light sensor placed above the chip detects the reaction and provides real time results.
Type: Photo
9 May 2019 - 17:00
OIST’s Prof. Amy Shen and her unit explore the strange world of fluids at tiny scales. But that’s just part of the big picture. See what makes their science flow!   Music Credits: "Galaxy (...
Type: Video
18 Mar 2019 - 15:02
Both developing babies and elderly adults share a common characteristic: the many cells making up their bodies are always on the move. As we humans commute to work, cells migrate through the body to...
Type: Press release
11 Mar 2019 - 15:12
The Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit has devised a machine learning software to segment, track, and analyze the movement of migrating cells. Named Usiigaci, a Ryukyuan word that means “tracing,” the...
Type: Video
11 Mar 2019 - 15:10
Usiigachi, a software developed by the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, allows users to easily segment, track and analyze the migration of label-free cells. The tool can be used as an all-in-one solution...
Type: Photo
11 Mar 2019 - 15:07
Prof. Amy Shen (left) and Hsieh-Fu Tsai of the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit stand beside the microscope that they use to capture images of migrating cells. As an initial step to pursue his thesis...
Type: Photo
9 Nov 2018 - 00:00
Viscoelastic fluids are everywhere, whether racing through your veins or through 1,300 kilometers of pipe in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Unlike Newtonian fluids, such as oil or water, viscoelastic...
Type: Press release
7 Nov 2018 - 09:34
Researchers in the Micro/Bio/Nanofluids Unit capture snapshots of flowing fluid by seeding it with tracer particles, as depicted here. Each image is captured at a different moment in time, so the...
Type: Photo
7 Nov 2018 - 09:33
This phase diagram summarizes results from a study by the Micro/Bio/Nanofluids Unit on the flow of viscoelastic fluids over wavy surfaces. The flow patterns depend on fluid elasticity (encapsulated...
Type: Photo
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