Lecture on the topic „Microfluidic technologies and their applications in cell biology“ (April 2021)

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We are inviting you on the lecture by Ing. Thorstena Knolla entitled „Microfluidic technologies and their applications in cell biology“, within a series of lectures and courses organized by project VISION (Strategies to strengthen scientific excellence and innovation capacity for early diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer).

About the lecture

In the past twenty years, microfluidic devices and systems have gained importance in the field of bioanalytics and biomedicine, not only in research but also in the market. Lab-on-chip systems with microfluidic structures serve for medical tests with body fluids or extractions from fluids. Besides, microfluidic systems are also used for cell handling and culture, for the mixing of liquids, and for measuring quantitative amounts of components in liquid samples.

Fraunhofer IBMT develops microfluidic systems for various applications in the field of life sciences. Different miniaturized approaches and solutions exist e.g. for transport studies or toxicological assays with single cells, 2D cell layers, or 3D cell aggregates.

The online lecture will cover some basic considerations regarding microfluidics and IBMT’s technological solutions for the fabrication of microfluidic devices and their use in different application scenarios. Furthermore, the presentation describes solutions for the integration of the microfluidic devices in a complete set-up comprising peripheral fluidic components and optical or electrical measurement systems.

Ing. Thorsten Knoll biography

Thorsten Knoll received his German diploma degree in microsystems technology from the University of applied sciences, Kaiserslautern. He joined Fraunhofer IBMT in 2002 and headed the Microsensors and Microfluidics group in the department of Biomedical Microsystems from 2011 until 2020. Currently, he works as a senior researcher in the Cell Models and Toxicology group. His research focuses on the design, fabrication, and system integration of micro-electromechanical and microfluidic devices, e.g. for cell culture applications and ultrasound applications. Further research topics are packaging and integration of biochips and the development of new fabrication processes for miniaturized biomedical devices with a focus on functional printing like roll-to-roll gravure printing and ink-jet printing.


The lecture will take place on 27 April 2021 at 2 p.m. ONLINE

Please, register on the project VISION website

A login code will be sent to your e-mail.


Early diagnosis is a key factor in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies (press release about the project)


  The VISION project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 857381