Accurate Ion Beam Analysis of Electrolytes via Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) and Positive Ion X-ray Emission (PIXE) of Uniform Thin Solid film of Blood congealed via HemaDrop™

Accurate Ion Beam Analysis of Electrolytes via Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) and Positive Ion X-ray Emission (PIXE) of Uniform Thin Solid film of Blood congealed via HemaDrop™

Description: 
Accurate analysis of microliter blood samples can improve patient care during medical testing and forensics. Patients can suffer from anemia due to the larger volume required for blood tests, 7 milliliters per vial. Attempts at analysis of nanoliter blood samples by Theranos have systematic errors > 10%, higher than medically acceptable thresholds. Our research aims to analyze composition of microliters of blood. This research investigates accuracy of analyzing blood via HemaDropTM, a patented technique to create a Homogenous Thin Solid Film (HTSF) on super-hydrophilic and hyper-hydrophilic surfaces with 5 microliter droplets of blood. To investigate HemaDropTM’s accuracy, Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) is conducted on dried blood spots (DBS) and HTSFs from congealed blood drops on HemaDropTM-treated samples. HTSFs are observed via optical microscopy to compare uniformity, precipitation, and phase separation. DBSs and HTSFs are compared via optical microscopy for canine blood and human blood.
Faculty Name: 
Prof. Nicole Herbots, ir, PhD UCL, Emerit.
Available Openings: 
2
Research Area: 
Biological and Soft Matter Physics
Position Type : 
Credit
Skills Needed: 
ASU Lab & Fire safety training - add hazardous waste, bio-safety
Microsoft Word Office (Word, Excel)
Enthusiasm, interest and dedication