Microfluidics for Synthetic Biology

Fluigi is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) framework for creating microfluidic devices for use in synthetic biology. These devices are designed to help overcome the size and complexity limitations of conventional, intracellular genetic circuit designs by physically separating circuit components and precisely controlling the flow of fluid between them.

CIDAR Lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to making microfludics more accessible. The various projects range from building CAD tools, embedded hardware, microfluidics engineering and developing manufacturing protocols. The research hopes to automate the manufacturing of low cost synthetic biology labs on a chip and the ability to control the entire experiment in the microfluidic chip.

Current Projects

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CIDAR Lab’s 3DμF is a free, web-based application that enables the creation of microfluidic components and exports design files in SVG or STL format for fabrication.

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The major advaces in electronics can be attributed to the advances in CAD tools. MINT is the first step in trying to replicate the versatile toolkit available to electronics designers. With MINT, microfluidics designers can easily create large and complex microfluidics designs. This can be done using the ever increasing library of various components like cell traps, valves, ports, multiplexers, mixers, and even transposers that are being added to MINT.

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Fluigi is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) framework for creating microfluidic devices for use in synthetic biology. Fluigi provides tools to optimize the layout of genetic circuits on a microfluidic chip, to generate the control sequence of the required valves, and to simulate the expected behavior of the chip and the genetic circuits it contains. More Info


MakerFluidics removes the significant barriers of cost, time and expertise from the microfluidic fabrication process thus providing a better avenue for the synthetic biology community to capitalize on the benefits of microfluidics. Additionally, we demonstrate the power of our simplified, cost-effective process by designing, fabricating and controlling a novel microfluidic primitive. More Info

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Neptune is a specify, design, and build tool for the development of continuous flow microfluidics. With Neptune, users can specify microfluidic devices through a high level description of liquid flow relations. The application will automatically place and route the design schematic of the microfluidic and, when used in conjunction with low cost and readily available CAD tools, a user can build their custom microfluidic system in-lab. More Info

Applications and Demonstration Videos

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