People

We have a very interdisciplinary group. Professor Kirby is a member of the Mechanical, Chemical, Biomedical, and Aerospace Engineering fields at Cornell, as well as the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine at the Weill-Cornell Medical College. Our staff has included students from Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Applied Physics. Students at the Ph.D., Master’s, and undergraduate level are all currently working together on a variety of projects.

Students interested in the lab should contact Prof. Kirby directly.  For information about the individuals working in the group (contact info, CVs, training, etc), click here.

Kirby Lab Student Blog

  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 8
    Day 8-Wednesday- Wind Farm The final academic day of the trip was spent with a morning trip to the wind farm of PacificCorp, which actually rests on a reclaimed coal mine (14,000 acres).  Everyone in the group was surprised by this fact.  The 158 1.5MW turbines generate enough energy to power Casper, WY.  Interesting tidbits […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 7
    Day 7-Tuesday-Lost Creek Mine: Uranium Tuesday trek began with a long drive to the Uranium mine, which is situated in its own basin.  This unique geology creates an ideal mining situation because all the rain water never leaves the basin; hence, contamination risk is low.  Additionally, the water before the mine began is non-potable for […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 6
    Day 6-Monday-Thermopolis (Hot Spring Visit), Dinosaur Museum, Waterfall Thermopolis proved to be an interesting town with both a hot spring and a dinosaur museum.  While we went only in the free 20 minute hot spring, it was definitely toasty enough.   Of course, before leaving our group saw rock formations and as a bonus a herd […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 5
    Day 5- Sunday- Medicine Wheel, Moose, Dinosaur tracks Sunday morning started out with a circular route to include geology on the way to visiting the Medicine Wheel, which is a Native American tribal site.  The trek to the medicine wheel proved an interesting journey as the ¼ of the path was through snow and many […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 4
    Day 4- Saturday-Geology of Big Horn Mountains, Geology of Wold Ranch Saturday marked the trek of our group into the Big Horn Mountains, but first we checked out the canyon on Wold Ranch property.  The geology of the Big Horn Mountains, which is nicely labeled as you drive, shows the different eras of rocks formation. […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 3
    Day 3- Friday-Black Thunder Mine, Pictographs and Petrographs Friday started off with a trip to a massive coal surface mine.  The Powder River basin has many coal mines because of the abundance of organic sulfur.  U.S.A burns approximately 1 billion tons of coal per year according to Black Thunder Mine (BTM).  Some interesting facts that […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming: Day 2
    Day 2- Thursday- Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission and Wold Ranch First presentation of the day started at the Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission set up by Peter Wold where we were presented with an overview of Wyoming’s economy and energy business.  Wyoming is quite affected by changes in the energy market due to its economy being […]
  • IGERT Trip to Wyoming
    Day 1- Wednesday- Flight to Casper Wednesday morning began the long trek to Casper consisting of 3 plane rides.  11 hours later, I arrived in Casper, where there were some nice bird-eye’s views of the Casper Mountains on the descent.
  • Engineering Learning Initiatives Grant Award
    I was thrilled to receive the notification this week that I was selected to receive funding for the Engineering Learning Initiatives Grant here at Cornell for the summer of 2016! This will allow me to devote myself full time to working on electrorotation of algae cells this summer. The project is a new area of […]
  • Lannin Presents Work Characterizing Electrical Properties of Cancer Cells at AiCHE/AES 2015 Annual Meeting
    I recently presented my work on characterizing the electrical properties of cancer cells at the AES (Electrophoresis Society) Annual Meeting, which was a part of the AiCHE Annual Meeting. One electrokinetic technique (dielectrophoresis) may be used to enhance capture of cancer cells from a suspension containing contaminating blood cells. This technique, however, relies on a […]
  • Smith publishes in Biomicrofluidics, Biomedical Microdevices; joins MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    My work on “Enhancing sensitivity and specificity in rare cell capture microdevices with dielectrophoresis” was recently published in Biomicrofluidics, with co-authors Charlie Huang and Brian Kirby. This paper describes numerical simulations that identify microfluidic obstacle array geometries where dielectrophoersis (DEP) can be combined with immunocapture to increase the capture of target rare cells, such as […]
  • Huang published in Biomicrofluidics, began postdoctoral appointment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    My paper entitled “Characterization of microfluidic shear-dependent epithelial cell adhesion molecule immunocapture and enrichment of pancreatic cancer cells from blood cells with dielectrophoresis” was recently published in the journal Biomicrofluidics. This paper describes my work on characterizing shear-dependent EpCAM immunocapture of pancreatic cancer cells enhanced by positive dielectrophoresis (DEP) and nonspecific adhesion of blood cells […]
  • Godla presents at 13th International Summer School on Biocomplexity, Biodesign, and Bioinnovation
    Godla recently presented a talk entitled “Using Rare Cell Capture to Understand Metastasis” at the 13th International Summer School on Biocomplexity, Biodesign, and Bioinnovation in Istanbul, Turkey. The presentation highlighted recent work using GEDI immunocapture to isolate circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from a metastatic pancreatic cancer mouse model, with the goal of comparing genetic mutations […]
  • Lannin Presents at 2014 Gordon Research Seminar/Conference on Bioanalytical Sensors
    I recently traveled to Newport, RI to attend the Bioanalytical Sensors Gordon Research Seminar (at which I presented a talk and a poster), and the Bioanalytical Sensors Gordon Research Conference (at which I presented a poster). My presentations focused on my recent work on measuring the electrical properties of cancer cells and observing how these properties change in […]

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