By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News
WASHINGTON, July 22, 20, 2121 /PRNewswire/ — Biomicrofluidics is a publication by AIP Publishing that aims to recognize outstanding contributions by emerging authors working in microfluidics or nanofluidics through its annual Best Paper Award. An expert panel of judges has selected Sarah Mena as the 2020 winner.
“The Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award recognizes the achievements of our younger colleagues not only in terms solid fundamental science, but also in terms of their potential for translation to practical technology,” stated Leslie Yeo. We could not choose one winner from the many submissions this year. Mena deserves a special congratulations for her outstanding work. We look forward to reviewing many more outstanding papers for next year’s award.
Mena, who is currently researching particle flow at Particulate Solid Research, Inc., started her career studying fluid mechanics. She then switched her focus from fluids to biofluids during a postdoctoral appointment. Her El Salvadoran upbringing inspired her to use science to solve longstanding problems.
“I appreciate the Editor’s initiative to recognize young professionals. Mena stated that she was very grateful for the award and hopes it will inspire other researchers to get involved in biomicrofluidics research.
“Growing up as a child in a developing country motivated my desire to become an engineer to solve the problems society faces in the environment, healthcare, access, and other basic resources. My interest in microfluidic technologies grew because of their potential to be affordable point-of care tools to provide the much-needed healthcare for underserved communities.
Mena and her collaborators created a method to quickly and reliably diagnose abnormalities in blood coagulation in patients. Uncontrolled bleeding is one cause of death for trauma victims. It is crucial to determine the patient’s coagulation status, which is how quickly their blood changes from liquid to gel, when they arrive at the emergency room.
The blood’s viscosity changes as it transforms. The paper used a device that was previously developed by one coauthor to measure viscosity. It mixes fluids from different channels. It showed that blood solidifies and the length of the droplets in it decreases. This makes it easy to monitor coagulation behavior.
Mena stated, “If the clinician can determine the cause of the coagulopathy quickly enough, he or she will be able to prescribe the correct treatment in an appropriate time frame.” This saves lives.
Mena’s training in fluid mechanics and chemical engineering prepared her for this multidisciplinary role. It was a collaboration effort of many professionals, including engineers, doctors, and veterinarians.
“After finishing my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, it was hard to imagine that I would work with blood to study coagulation processes. But there are so many common concepts with reaction engineering and polymerization and biochemistry,” she stated.
The device could replace heavy hospital equipment that measures a complex process. Mena is excited about the potential applications of the device and any future improvements to it after additional clinical testing.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Biomicrofluidics Best paper Award recognizes outstanding contributions to microfluidics or nanofluidics by emerging authors. A panel of experts reviews submissions and selects the winner based on their scientific content. The BMF Best Paper Award winner will be awarded a $2,500 cash prize. Send an email to [email protected] with questions about eligibility, selection process, and the award.
ABOUT THE JOURNAL
Biomicrofluidics quickly disseminates research on fundamental physicochemical mechanism associated with microfluidic or nanofluidic phenomena. The journal publishes research on unique microfluidic or nanofluidic techniques that can be used for diagnostic, medical and biological purposes as well as for pharmaceutical, environmental, and chemical purposes. See https://aip.scitation.org/journal/bmf
AIP Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), is a not-for profit organization. AIP Publishing’s mission supports the charitable, scientific and educational purposes of AIP by publishing scholarly articles in the physical and related sciences. We also publish on behalf of our publishing partners to help them advance their missions.
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