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April 23-24, 2018

Registration is now open!

Registration for this two day conference is only $250.
Also join us for an welcome reception and dinner the first night of the workshop. Dinner tickets are available.

Conference Details

This workshop will bring basic biologists and clinicians in hematology and microfluidics engineers together to discuss the challenges, brainstorm the provocative questions, and foster the interaction between basic research, clinical application, and engineering.

The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Microfluidic blood cell sorting,
  • Microfluidic systems for multiplex, multi-parameter characterization of blood cells
  • Mechanobiology of blood cells in health and disease
  • Leukocyte migration and rolling assay
  • Thrombosis assay and anti-coagulation drug test
  • Blood-endothelium interaction
  • Hematopoietic stem cell fate control and differentiation
  • Bone marrow niche modeling
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hematologic malignancies
  • Cell-based immunotherapy
  • And more!

Registration Opens: January 23, 2018

Preliminary Program

Monday, April 23
8:30am – Registration
8:50am – Opening Remarks – Abraham Lee, University of California – Irvine

9:00 – 10:30am – Blood Test and Blood Cell Function
9:00-9:30am – Andrew Steckl, University of Cincinnati – Whole Blood Coagulation Monitoring Using Capillary Fluid Flow in Cellulose-Based Devices
9:30-9:50am – Eimear Dunne, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Integrating a microfluidic dynamic platelet function assay device with an easy to use video imaging cytometer: validation and preliminary results
9:50-10:10am – Xinran Lu, University of Minnesota – Using Microfluidics to Quantify Oxygen-Dependent Blood Rheology in Sickle Cell Trait
10:10-10:30am – Emel Islamzada, UBC – Deformability based Sorting of Red Blood Cells and Its Application to Antimalarial Drug Development

10:30 – 11:00am – BREAK

11:00am – 12:30pm – Cell Separation and Analysis
11:00-11:30am – Ian Papautsky, University of Illinois at Chicago – Label-free separation of cells from whole blood
11:30-11:50am – Baris Mutlu, Harvard University – Oscillatory inertial microfluidics for label-free, submicron-scale bioparticle manipulation
11:50-12:10pm – Juhwan Park, KAIST – A simple and rapid blood cross-matching test in a finger-actuated microfluidic device for the urgent transfusion patients
12:10-12:30pm – Andreas Lenshof, Lund University – High performance multiplex acoustophoresis for WBC subpopulation isolation

12:30 – 2:00pm – LUNCH (on own)

2:00-3:00pm – Keynote Presentation
Adrian Bot, VP Translational Sciences, Kite Pharma, Title: “Translation of Yescarta, a first in class CAR product for non-Hodgkin lymphoma”

3:00-4:30pm – Single-cell analysis
3:00-3:30pm – Yanyi Huang, Peking University – Droplets for single cell sequencing
3:30-3:50pm – Sirsendu Bhowmick, SUNY Albany – Multiplexed single cell analysis of human monocytes (THP1): A bright field microscopic approach
3:50-4:10pm – Zhuo Chen, Yale University – Dissecting Cellular Heterogeneity of Trained Immunity via Integrative Single-Cell Analysis
4:10-4:30pm – Xuan Li, University of California – Irvine – Rapid and label-free identification of leukemia cells from blood in a high-density microfluidic single-cell array via Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy

4:30-5:00pm – BREAK

5:00-6:00pm – Industry Panel

6:00-8:00pm – Poster session and reception

Tuesday, April 24
8:30am – Registration
8:50am – Opening Remarks – Chwee Teck, Lim National University of Singapore

9:00 – 10:40am – Leukocyte analysis and biology
9:00-9:30am – Daniel Irimia, HMS – The amazing neutrophil – sepsis diagnosis from one drop of blood
9:30-10:00am – Tania Konry, Northeastern University – Dynamic Analysis of Human Natural Killer Cell Response at Single-Cell Resolution in Cancer
10:00-10:20am – Han Wei Hou NTU An Integrated Microdevice for Neutrophil Purification and Phenotyping in Diabetes Mellitus
10:20-10:40am – Hyunryul Ryu MIT Neutrophil functional assessment from Fingerstick volume of Sepsis patient blood by Closed-loop Inertial Microfluidics

10:40 – 11:00am – BREAK

11:00 – 12:40pm – Microenvironment and Vaso-hemo Interaction
11:00-11:30am – David Wood, University of Minnesota – Microfluidics In a Jam: tools to study vast-occlusion in sickle cell disease
11:30-12:00pm – Abe Lee, University of California – Irvine – Whole Blood Sample Preparation by Acoustic Streaming
12:00-12:20pm – Ian Wong, Brown University – Tracking Collective and Individual Migration in Engineered Microenvironments

12:20-12:40pm – Sarvesh Varma (MIT) – Atherofluidic system for modeling human atherogenesis and pathophysiology applied in vitro

12:40-1:00pm – Yang Xiao, Yale University – human tumor perivascular niche modeling

1:00 – 2:00pm – LUNCH

2:00 – 4:00pm – New Technologies and Translational Research
2:00-2:30pm – Chwee Teck Lim, National University of Singapore – TBD
2:30-3:00pm – Dermot Kenny, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – A novel microfluidic biochip to detect anti platelet drug effect
3:00-3:20pm – Oliver Hayden (Technical University of Munich) – Label-free hematology analysis with digital holographic microscopy

3:20-3:40pm – Mei He, University of Kansas – On-chip engineering immunogenic exosomes for cancer immunotherapy
3:40-4:00pm – Hyungsoon Im, MGH – Digital Diffraction Diagnostics of Lymphoma for Global Health

4:00-4:20pm – Poster Award Announcement presented by RSC Lab on a Chip

4:20-4:30pm – Closing Remarks – Rong Fan, Yale University

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Available!

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at available! Click on the links below for more information.

Conference Organizing Committee

Conference chair:

Rong Fan, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Yale University

Abraham Lee, PhD
William J. Link Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine

Chwee Teck Lim
Provost’s Chair Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
National University of Singapore

Technical Program Committee

Ian Papautsky – University of Illinois at Chicago
David Wood – University of Minnesota
David Yang – Beckman Coulter
Andrew Steckl – University of Cincinnati
Daniel Irimia – Harvard Medical School/Mass General
Tony Ricco – Stanford University and Dublin University

  1. Conference Location

    The 2018 CBMS Microfluidics for Hematology Conference will be held at:

    Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
    5 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114, USA


    Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill

    $259 single bed for the dates of April 22nd – April 24, 2018.

    For reservations, please click HERE or call (877) 999-3223 and refer to the “CBMS Microfluidics for Hematology Workshop Room Block and/or ID #: 0422CBMS”.

    ***For assistance with additional nights or if you require additional information, please call the hotel directly at 617.742.7630.

    All reservations must be in place no later than April 16, 2018


    Other Area hotels

  2. Transportation

    Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill is located just 2.8 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport

    To MBTA Red Line (Charles/MGH Station) – 5 min (0.2 mile)
    Head north toward Cambridge St. Turn right onto Cambridge St. Turn left onto Blossom St
    To MBTA Blue Airport Line (Government Center Station) – 5 min (0.3 mile)
    Head west on Cambridge St toward Bowdoin St. Turn right onto Blossom Street


    Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill does not have its own parking garage, but it does offer discounted Valet Parking Service through an outside company at a rate of $51.00 per day (effective 10.1.17). Valet parking offers ease of unloading and loading luggage at the front door, as well as unlimited in and out privileges.

    Self-parking is available in the Charles River Plaza Parking Garage adjacent to the hotel. This is not a hotel-operated garage, and fees must be paid directly to the garage via electronic cashier each time a vehicle departs the structure. Please note that there are no in and out privileges available for those self-parking. Current overnight rates start at $48 per vehicle

  3. Things to do in Boston

    While visiting Boston for the conference, please enjoy some of the local attractions!