David Y Fozdar

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A number of studies have investigated the behavior of neurons on microfabricated topography for the purpose of developing interfaces for use in neural engineering applications. However, there have been few studies simultaneously exploring the effects of topographies having various feature sizes and shapes on axon growth and polarization in the first 24 h.(More)
PURPOSE Understanding how surface features influence the establishment and outgrowth of the axon of developing neurons at the single cell level may aid in designing implantable scaffolds for the regeneration of damaged nerves. Past studies have shown that micropatterned ridge-groove structures not only instigate axon polarization, alignment, and extension,(More)
Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio of a porous polymeric construct (scaffold) quantitatively describe how it supports and transmits external stresses to its surroundings. While Young's modulus is always non-negative and highly tunable in magnitude, Poisson's ratio can, indeed, take on negative values despite the fact that it is non-negative for virtually(More)
Graphene is widely known for its anomalously strong broadband optical absorptivity of 2.3% that enables seeing its single-atom layer with the naked eye. However, in the mid-infrared part of the spectrum graphene represents a quintessential lossless zero-volume plasmonic material. We experimentally demonstrate that, when integrated with Fano-resonant(More)
This paper presents a continuous-flow polymerase chain reaction (PCR) microchip with a serpentine microchannel of varying width for "regional velocity control." Varying the channel width by incorporating expanding and contracting conduits made it possible to control DNA sample velocities for the optimization of the exposure times of the sample to each(More)
Poisson's ratio describes the degree to which a material contracts (expands) transversally when axially strained. A material with a zero Poisson's ratio does not transversally deform in response to an axial strain (stretching). In tissue engineering applications, scaffolding having a zero Poisson's ratio (ZPR) may be more suitable for emulating the behavior(More)
This paper presents disposable protein analysis chips with single- or four-chamber-constructed from poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and silicon. The chips are composed of a multilayer stack of PDMS layers that sandwich a silicon microchip. This inner silicon chip features an etched array of micro-cavities hosting polymeric beads. The sample is introduced into(More)
The collective effects in a periodic array of plasmonic double-antenna meta-molecules are studied. We experimentally observe that the collective behavior in this structure substantially differs from the one observed in their single-antenna counterparts. This behavior is explained using an analytical dipole model. We find that in the double-antenna case the(More)
To date, biomaterial scaffolds for adipose tissue engineering have focused on macro- and upper micro-scale fabrication, biocompatibility, and biodegradation, but have failed to recapitulate the sub-micron dimensions of native extracellular matrix (ECM) and, therefore, have not optimized material-cell interactions. Here, we report the findings from a study(More)
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