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Researchers Corral Millions Of Microscopic Membranes

that he could manipulate the concentration of certain types of proteins attached to the membranes.

Nick Ulman, an electrical engineer who works at Stanford's Ginzton Laboratory, joined the group in 1995. A postdoctoral student at the time, he approached Boxer looking for projects when David Bloom, the professor with whom he was working, decided to leave Stanford. Boxer got Ulman and Groves together and they came up with the idea of using microfabrication techniques to make smaller membrane corrals.

"The hardest part was deciding what to do," Ulman said. The actual processing involved was straightforward. But, because electrical engineers have never thought about deliberately exposing their microcircuits to salt water, there were few guidelines for them to follow, he said.

As a result, "we have developed something new at the interface between cell science, chemistry and electrical engineering that has widespread potential in many areas," Boxer said.


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Contact: David F. Salisbury
salisbury@stanford.edu
415-725-1944
Stanford University
31-Jan-1997


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