Microfluidic research groups

Here is a list of leading microfluidic research groups. This list is not exhaustive and the goal is to provide the visitor with an overview of state of the art research and hot topics in the area.

Complex fluid group (Howard Stones Microfluidic Research Group, Princeton)princeton microfluidic research group

The research group studies problems involving the flow of thin fluid films, model problems inspired by hemodynamics, colloidal structuring of interfaces, and microfluidics. The lab uses experiments, simulations, and modeling to quantitatively characterize problems and to explore new research directions. Whenever possible, the research group actively collaborates with the industry, scientists and engineers from many fields. For instance, some of the research has been motivated by industrial applications of home and personal care products, oil-field services, fiber coating, float-glass manufacturing, and medical/clinical applications.

DeMello Group (Andrew DeMello Microfluidic research group, ETH Zurich)

ethz microfluidic research group

Primary specializations include:

  • development of microfluidic devices for analytical and bio-analytical applications
  • ultra-sensitive optical detection techniques
  • nanofluidic reaction systems for chemical synthesis
  • segmented flow microfluidics for high-throughput biology
  • novel methods for nanoparticle synthesis
  • exploitation of semiconducting materials in diagnostic applications.

Folch Lab (Bioengineering Research Group, University of Washington)

Floch Lab Research Group University of washington

Folch lab focuses on developing microdevices that facilitate the advancement of basic neuroscience and translational cancer applications. Its mission is to make microfluidic devices as intuitive to use as smartphones and make them easily available to biomedical scientists in order to enable novel quantitative experiments, diagnostics, and therapies.
Research interest:

  • Cancer
  • Microfluidics
  • 3D-Printing & Soft lithography
  • Axon guidance
  • Miniature cell-based devices
  • High-throughput single-cell analysis

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Fujii T. Lab. (Teruo Fujii Microfluidic Research Group, Tokyo University)

tokyo microfluidic research group

Fujii microfluidic research group has been studying microfluidic devices and microfluidics since it was established in 1999. While the topics range from basic technologies to applied research, in recent years this lab put more and more intense on six research poles:

  • fundamental technologies in micro/nanofluidics
  • development of a soft actuator based on ‘microhydraulics’
  • molecular systems engineering
  • cell-engineering devices
  • microfluidic devices for single-cell analysis
  • deep-sea in situ measurement system

Pierre Gilles de Genes Institute (Patrick Tabeling Microfluidic reserach group, IPGG)

IPGG microfluidic research group

A large microfluidic platform in Paris between several prestigious French laboratories specialized in microfluidics. Research topics are biochemistry, Cell biology, Colloidal suspensions, Macromolecules, MEMS and nanostructures, Nanobiophysics, Analytical sciences

Mc Caroll LAB (Steve McCaroll Microfluidic Research Group, Harvard Medical School)

harvard medical school microfluidic research group

The dropseq technology comes from this laboratory. It was developed to improve the speed and to lower the cost of sequencing the human genome.

Quake lab (Stephen Quake Microfluidic Research Group, Stanford)

stanford microfluidic research group

Main research is oriented towards developing new approaches to biological measurement and applying them to problems of both fundamental and medical interest. Areas of interest include genomic diagnostics, systems biology, microbial ecology, and single cell genomics. The Quake valves were first developed in this lab.

Stanford Microfluidics laboratory (Juan Santiago Microfluidic Research Group, Stanford)

stanford microfluidic research group

The microfluidic research group is focused on the following activities:

  • Capacitive deionization (CDI) to remove salt and ionic toxins from water and thereby create safe drinking water.
  • Automation, optimization, and miniaturization of chemical and biochemical analyses, with particular emphasis on molecular diagnostics methods.
  • Fundamental challenges, including combined experimental and theoretical exploration of the coupling between fluid flow, electrostatics, dispersion, mixing, separation, and reaction processes, and the quantitation of chemical species.

Weitz lab (David Weitz Microfluidic Research Group, Harvard)

harvard microfluidic research group

The lab focuses on study the physics of soft condensed matter, materials which are easily deformable by external stress, electric or magnetic fields, or even by thermal fluctuations. These materials typically possess structures which are much larger than atomic or molecular scales; the structure and dynamics at mesoscopic scales determine the physical properties of these materials. The goal of the research is to probe and understand this relationship. This lab studies both synthetic and biological materials; the interests extend from fundamental physics to technological applications, from basic materials questions to specific biological problems. The techniques used include light scattering, optical microscopy, rheology, and microfluidics.

Whitesides Research Group (George Whitesides, Harvard)

harvard microfluidic research group

George Whiteside was one of the first researchers involved in microfluidics.  The Whitesides research group focuses on microfluidics, soft robotics, adaptive materials, bioanalysis, biophysics dissipative systems and low cost diagnostics.

Wyss Institute (Donald Ingber, Harvard)

harvard microfluidic research group

The Wyss Institute’s scientific operations are organized around six Enabling Technology Platforms that focus on development of new core technologies and capabilities that will facilitate the explosion of major R&D areas in the field of bioinspired engineering. The platforms integrate multiple faculty members with an advanced technology team, clinical experts, and industrial partners. The Institute platforms are:

  • Adaptive Material Technologies
  • Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices
  • Bioinspired Robotics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Biomimetic systems
  • Programmable Nanomaterials


Intelligent Droplet System Group (Say Hwa Tan Microfluidic Research Group, Griffith University)


Say Hwa Tan (Patrick) research group focuses on developing intelligent microdroplet systems in microfluidics. The group uses various machine learning techniques and active controls to manipulate droplets. The group has established and pioneered different approaches to manipulate droplets using thermal, magnetic, pneumatic, acoustic and electric energy. Past works includes the Microfluidic Jukebox and Dancing Droplets in Microchannels. The research group actively collaborates with the industry, scientists and engineers from different fields and backgrounds. Interested collaborators or students can contact Dr Tan.

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