Ugaz, Victor individual record

I am the world's smallest plumber--my research involves manipulating fluid flow in tiny channels the size of a human hair. Harnessing microfluidic phenomena makes it possible to build pocket-sized systems that can perform sophisticated chemical and biochemical tests outside the confines of a conventional lab. But achieving precise control over the flow of liquids at these small size scales is extremely challenging. Therefore, we are working to understand fundamental transport phenomena in microfluidic systems, and how they can be exploited to enable innovative applications including:

Fast and inexpensive diagnosis of infection and disease.

Sensitive screening for early detection of cancer.

Biodegradable sponges for easy cleanup of oil spills.

Spontaneous organization of chemical building blocks to form long-chain molecules--a key unanswered question in the origin of life.

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Academic Articles91
  • Priye, A., & Ugaz, V. M. (2016). Convective PCR Thermocycling with Smartphone-Based Detection: A Versatile Platform for Rapid, Inexpensive, and Robust Mobile Diagnostics. Microfluidic Methods for Molecular Biology. (pp. 55-69). Springer International Publishing.
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  • Huang, J., Jayaraman, A., & Ugaz, V. M. (2013). Chapter 2 Microvascular Networks for Tissue Engineering. Microfluidic Cell Culture Systems. (pp. 27-52).
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  • Huang, J. H., Jayaraman, A., & Ugaz, V. M. (2012). Microvascular Networks for Tissue Engineering. Microfluidic Cell Culture Systems. (pp. 27-52). Elsevier.
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  • Ugaz, V. M., & Christensen, J. L. (2007). Electrophoresis in Microfluidic Systems. Microfluidic Technologies for Miniaturized Analysis Systems. (pp. 393-438). Springer US.
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  • Ugaz, V. M. (2007). PCR in Integrated Microfluidic Systems. Integrated Biochips for DNA Analysis. (pp. 90-106). Springer New York.
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Conference Papers64
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Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Chemical Engineering; 3122 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3122