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Biosensors 2011, 1(1), 4-12; doi:10.3390/bios1010004
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BioMEMS and Lab-on-a-Chip Course Education at West Virginia University

Received: 28 November 2010 / Revised: 12 December 2010 / Accepted: 29 December 2010 / Published: 20 January 2011
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Abstract

With the rapid growth of Biological/Biomedical MicroElectroMechanical Systems (BioMEMS) and microfluidic-based lab-on-a-chip (LOC) technology to biological and biomedical research and applications, demands for educated and trained researchers and technicians in these fields are rapidly expanding. Universities are expected to develop educational plans to address these specialized needs in BioMEMS, microfluidic and LOC science and technology. A course entitled BioMEMS and Lab-on-a-Chip was taught recently at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU). The course focused on the basic principles and applications of BioMEMS and LOC technology to the areas of biomedicine, biology, and biotechnology. The course was well received and the enrolled students had diverse backgrounds in electrical engineering, material science, biology, mechanical engineering, and chemistry. Student feedback and a review of the course evaluations indicated that the course was effective in achieving its objectives. Student presentations at the end of the course were a highlight and a valuable experience for all involved. The course proved successful and will continue to be offered regularly. This paper provides an overview of the course as well as some development and future improvements.
Keywords: BioMEMS; Lab-on-a-Chip; microfluidics; graduate; undergraduate BioMEMS; Lab-on-a-Chip; microfluidics; graduate; undergraduate
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