Welcome to the Stanford Microsystems Lab
Recently published: Piezoresistor Design and Applications, JC Doll and BL Pruitt, Springer 2013.
The Stanford Microsystems Lab in MERL works on custom measurements and analysis systems for small scale metrologies including custom probes, sensors and actuators for biomechanics and mechanotransduction assays. We study the mechanics and biology of the sense of touch in C. elegans, the mechanisms and forces of cell adhesion, and the development and response of stem cells and cardiac myocytes to mechanical loading. We design and fabricate most of our own tools and sensors and are interested in the reliable manufacture and operation of micromachined sensors and actuators in harsh environments, measuring nanoscale mechanical behavior, and the analysis, design, and control of integrated electro-mechanical systems. We leverage new tools and answer novel questions in our lab in the areas of physiology, biology, stem cells, neuroscience and cardiology with an eye toward quantitative and fundamental biophysics.
If you are interested in a future rotation or pursuing MEMS related research at Stanford, please read: Information for Prospective Students
We are grateful for research support we have received, including NSF CAREER (ECS-0449400), NSF NSEC CPN (NSEC PHY-0830228), NSF NSEC COINS (ECCS-0832819), DARPA YFA (N66001-09-1-2089), CIRM (RC1-00151-1), NSF EFRI (CBE 0735551), NSF EFRI (MIKS-1136790), NIH R01 (EB006745), NIH R33 (HL089027), NIH (1R21HL13099301), Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, the Stanford Clayman Institute, Stanford Bio-X, Stanford CVI, Stanford CHEM-H, and fellowships to group members from Stanford, NSF, Bio-X, CVI, NDSEG, ILJU foundation, Ginzton labs, AHA, and NHLBI T32 (1T32HL098049).