MEMS Seminar: Wei Gao, "Skin-Interfaced Wearable Biosensors"

Wed, 10/09/2024 - 12:00 to 13:00

Wilkinson Building, room 021 auditorium

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Wei Gao

Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Fall 2024 Seminar Series welcomes Wei Gao, assistant professor of Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, for a talk on "Skin-Interfaced Wearable Biosensors" ABSTRACT: The rising research interest in personalized medicine promises to revolutionize traditional medical practices. This presents a tremendous opportunity for developing wearable devices toward predictive analytics and treatment. In this talk, I will introduce our efforts in developing wearable biosensors for non-invasive molecular analysis. Such wearables can autonomously access body fluids (e.g., human sweat) across the activities and continuously measure a broad spectrum of analytes including metabolites, nutrients, hormones, proteins, and drugs. To manufacture these high-performance nanomaterial-based wearable biosensors at a large scale and minimal cost, we employ techniques such as laser engraving, inkjet printing, and 3D printing. The clinical utility of our wearable systems is assessed through a series of human trials, focusing on precision nutrition, stress response and mental health assessment, chronic disease management, fertility management, and drug personalization. I will also delve into our ongoing research into energy harvesting from both the human body and the surrounding environment, with the ultimate aim of achieving battery-free, wireless wearable biosensing. The integration of these wearable technologies has the potential to unlock a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from personalized monitoring and diagnostics to innovative therapeutic solutions. BIO: Wei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering, Ronald and JoAnne Willens Scholar, and Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator at the California Institute of Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2014, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley from 2014 to 2017. He is serving as an Associate Editor for Science Advances, npj Flexible Electronics, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, and Sensors & Diagnostics.


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