Seminars

Wed, 16 Jan 2019
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Dr. Katherine Elvira

University of Victoria

Microfluidic Platforms for Drug Discovery

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
WMC 3210 @ 3:30 p.m.

Host: Dr. Caterina Ramogida

Abstract

Dr Katherine Elvira is a new Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She gained her PhD from Imperial College London in 2012, then worked as a Senior Scientist at ETH Z├╝rich, where she worked on a variety of basic and applied research in microfluidic platforms for applications such as single cell analysis, surfactant kinetics and organic synthesis on a chip. In this seminar, Dr Elvira will also talk about the new work being performed in her group on using microfluidic devices for drug discovery. Research in the Elvira group focuses on the formation artificial cells on a chip to analyse and quantify molecular transport. Microfluidic devices are an exciting technology for the creation of artificial cells since they allow complete control over each component of the system: droplet size, bilayer size, lipid composition of each droplet independently, the content of each droplet independently and the overall architecture of the bilayer structures. The Elvira group aims to develop a combined microfluidic perfusion and metabolism model to aid in the identification of novel bioactive compounds and in the prediction drug disposition. More information can be found on her website: http://web.uvic.ca/~kelvira/