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Microfluidic chambers advance the science of growing neurons
Date:9/2/2007

ndrils that communicate with other cells, than those grown at low densities with conventional techniques, Gillette said.

Not only have we increased the cells viability, weve also increased their ability to differentiate into what looks much more like a mature neuron, she said.

Sweedler noted that the teams successes are the result of a unique collaboration among scientists with very different backgrounds.

(Materials science and engineering professor) Ralph Nuzzo is one of the pioneers in self-assembled monolayers and surface chemistry, Sweedler said. Martha Gillettes expertise is in understanding how these neurons grow, and in imaging them. My lab does measurement science on a very small scale. Its almost impossible for any one lab to do all that.

Nuzzo and Sweedler are William H. and Janet Lycan professors of chemistry. Gillette is Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. All are appointed in the Institute for Genomic Biology. Sweedler and Gillette are affiliates of the Beckman Institute and the Neuroscience Program. Sweedler is a professor in the Bioengineering Program and Gillette in the College of Medicine.


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Contact: Diana Yates
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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