Making healthcare more affordable, effective and personal is one of the great challenges of our time. In the Living Matter Lab, we pioneer new technologies that empower individuals by making information about their own biology and biome more accessible. In particular, we are exploring the development of compact and highly configurable digital microfluidic biochips that have the potential to move a variety of complex diagnostics out of the lab and into the home.
Successful development of this technology depends on the contributions of many disciplines: computer science, nanotechnology, biology and microbiology, genetics, social science, art and more. Taking an open source and collaborative approach, we are building a broad and diverse community that can contribute to the success of this nascent medical technology by sharing ideas or submitting experiments to be run in the lab. This approach to healthcare innovation is a major shift away from current norms, so as we plumb the potential of this new approach to microfluidics, we are also exploring more inclusive and democratic models for healthcare innovation.
Working at the intersection of technology and art, we are passionate about interfacing with living matter, specifically with the micro-organism part of our being and our environment. Research in our lab is a continuous play with biology, engineering and art to explore the lost connection of the humankind with all other kinds.
At a technical level, our research focuses around digital microfluidic biochips, devices that enable direct interaction of humans with their microbiome for diagnosis and treatment purposes. As an artistic investigation, we are looking into experiencing the micro-world in unique ways, e.g., microbiomes as a source for sustainability, bioluminescence as a guidance for escaping darkness, etc.