Böhringer Lab

microelectromechanical systems research

Automated DNA Test for Conservation

Transnational environmental crime has become an exponential driver of species extinction. In response to growing wealth in emerging economies, the illegal wildlife and timber trade market now measures in the billions of dollars. Our goal is to enable an automated DNA test for qualitative identification of a target species at port or border crossing. This device is based on the Anisotropic Ratchet Conveyor technology developed in our laboratory and utilizes custom isothermal DNA amplification chemistry to provide a rapid result with minimal sample preparation

Related Publications:

Enabling Droplet Functionality on Anisotropic Ratchet Conveyors
HR Holmes, AE Gomez, & KF Böhringer
Micromachines, 8(12) (2017)

Converting vertical vibration of anisotropic ratchet conveyors into horizontal droplet motion
Y Dong, HR Holmes, KF Böhringer
Langmuir 33 (40), 10745-10752 (2017)

Transport velocity of droplets on ratchet conveyors
HR Holmes, KF Böhringer
Advances in Colloid and Interface Science (2017)

Transporting Droplets through Surface Anisotropy
HR Holmes and KF Böhringer
Microsystems & Nanoengineering, 1, (2015)

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