Ugaz, Victor individual record
Professor
overview

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.

selected publications
Academic Articles91
  • Han, S., Sarkes, D. A., Jahnke, J. P., Hurley, M. M., Ugaz, V. M., Renberg, R. L., ... Han, A. (2021). Discovery of Targeted Material Binding Microorganisms Using a Centrifugal Microfluidic Platform. Advanced Materials Technologies. 6(9), 2100282-2100282.
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  • Han, S., Sarkes, D. A., Jahnke, J. P., Hurley, M. M., Ugaz, V. M., Renberg, R. L., ... Han, A. (2021). Discovery of Targeted Material Binding Microorganisms Using a Centrifugal Microfluidic Platform (Adv. Mater. Technol. 9/2021). Advanced Materials Technologies. 6(9), 2170053-2170053.
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  • Citterio, D., Collins, D., Eddington, D., Hautefeuille, M., Keil, W., Le Gac, S., ... Garton, R. (2020). Outstanding Reviewers for Lab on a Chip in 2019.. Lab Chip. 20(12), 2043-2043.
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  • Contreras-Naranjo, J. C., Wu, H., & Ugaz, V. M. (2017). Microfluidics for exosome isolation and analysis: enabling liquid biopsy for personalized medicine.. Lab Chip. 17(21), 3558-3577.
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  • Priye, A., & Ugaz, V. M. (2017). Smartphone-Enabled Detection Strategies for Portable PCR-Based Diagnostics.. Methods Mol Biol. 1571, 251-266.
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Chapters6
  • 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. 55-69. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Huang, J., Jayaraman, A., & Ugaz, V. M. (2013). Microvascular Networks for Tissue Engineering. Microfluidic Cell Culture Systems. 27-52. Elsevier.
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  • Huang, J., Jayaraman, A., & Ugaz, V. M. (2013). Chapter 2 Microvascular Networks for Tissue Engineering. Microfluidic Cell Culture Systems. 27-52.
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  • Ugaz, V. M., & Christensen, J. L. (2007). Electrophoresis in Microfluidic Systems. Microfluidic Technologies for Miniaturized Analysis Systems. 393-438. Springer US.
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  • Ugaz, V. M. (2007). PCR in Integrated Microfluidic Systems. Integrated Biochips for DNA Analysis. 90-106. Springer New York.
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Conference Papers64
  • Kappes, E., Marciniak, M., Mills, A., Muyshondt, R., King, S., Nguyen, T. D., Hassan, Y. A., & Ugaz, V. (2018). Time-Resolved Velocity Measurements in a Matched Refractive Index Facility of Randomly Packed Spheres. Volume 6B: Thermal-Hydraulics and Safety Analyses, 2018 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. 6B, v06bt08a058-v06bt08a058.
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  • King, S., Kappes, E., Nguyen, D. T., Hassan, Y. A., & Ugaz, V. (2018). Probability analysis of velocity distribution in a facility of randomly packed spheres featuring matching-refractive-index and time-resolved PIV techniques. Transactions of the American Nuclear Society. 119, 122-125.
  • Kappes, E., Marciniak, M., King, S., Mills, A., Muyshondt, R., Nguyen, D. T., Hassan, Y. A., & Ugaz, V. (2018). Time-resolved particle image velocimetry measurements in a low-aspect ratio pebble bed reactor. AISTech - Iron and Steel Technology Conference Proceedings. 2018-May, 1123-1126.
  • Kappes, E., Marciniak, M., King, S., Mills, A., Muyshondt, R., Nguyen, D. T., Hassan, Y. A., & Ugaz, V. (2018). Time-resolved particle image velocimetry measurements in a low-aspect ratio pebble bed reactor. Transactions of the American Nuclear Society. 118, 1123-1126.
  • King, S., Kappes, E., Marciniak, M., Nguyen, D. T., Hassan, Y. A., & Ugaz, V. (2017). Pressure drop measurements in a versatile experimental facility of packed spheres. Transactions of the American Nuclear Society. 117, 1713-1716.
chaired theses and dissertations
Email
ugaz@tamu.edu
First Name
Victor
Last Name
Ugaz
mailing address
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Chemical Engineering; 3122 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3122
USA