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Joel Voldman's Biography

Joel Voldman, Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joel Voldman is Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Faculty Head in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1995. He received the M.S and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 1997 and 2001, developing bioMEMS for single-cell analysis. Following this, he was a postdoctoral associate at Harvard Medical School. In 2002 he returned to MIT as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT. In 2004 he was awarded the NBX Career Development Chair, in 2006 promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2013 promoted to Professor in the department. In 2018 he became Associate Head of the Department. Among several awards, he has received an NSF CAREER award, an ACS Young Innovator Award, a Bose Research award, Jamieson Teaching Award, Smullin Teaching Award, Quick Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, AIMBE Fellow, and awards for posters and presentations at international conferences.

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Microfluidic Tools For Monitoring the Immune System

Thursday, 18 March 2021 at 15:15

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Microsystems have the potential to impact biology by providing new ways to manipulate, separate, and otherwise interrogate cells.  Immune cells are of particular interest because of their central role in defending the body against foreign invaders.  As a consequence, many microfluidic devices have been used to study both the basic biology of immune cells as well as to assay them for clinical use. Our lab has developed technologies on both ends of the spectrum, from cell pairing devices able to study information flow in immune cells, to electrical sorting devices for assaying immune cell function in response to disease. In terms of cell pairing, we have developed two complementary approaches to creating programmed pairs of cells, one using capture “cups” and a three-step back-and-forth loading procedure to pair thousands of cells in parallel, and the other using microfluidic “corrals” to contain cells. With these devices we can pair immune cells with each other or with other cells (i.e., tumor cells) to study information flow from first contact to downstream effector functions, elucidating how decision-making occurs in these interactions.

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