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New materials, microfluidics and biomimetic systems are providing new insghts in biological cilia and fluid flow. We are working to produce ciliated cell cultures capable of clearing mucus in a microfluidics setting, as well stretchable scaffolds for such cell cultures to study the effect of tidal breathing on ciliary development.  Finally, we have developed a method for fabricating magnetically actuated nanorod arrays as biomimetic cilia.  In addition to having potential applications as versatile microfluidic devices, our artificial cilia can serve as a model platform for the study of ciliary hydrodynamics.

Mucociliary Clearance

Stretchable Scaffolds

Biomimetic Cilia Arrays