Lori A. Lepak

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The endothelial cells comprising brain capillaries have extremely tight intercellular junctions which form an essentially impermeable barrier to passive transport of water soluble molecules between the blood and brain. Several in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) have been studied, most utilizing commercially available polymer membranes affixed(More)
Conventional methods for extracting DNA from blood results in the presence of heme, which is an inhibitory factor decreasing PCR sensitivity. Current techniques for removing the inhibitors are laborious, costly, and/or sample-specific. We investigated using electrophoresis and a biopolymer membrane to separate DNA from heme. These membranes are(More)
In lab-on-a-chip applications, filtration is currently performed prior to sample loading or through pre-cast membranes adhered to the substrate. These membranes cannot be patterned to micrometer resolution, and their adhesion may be incompatible with the fabrication process or may introduce contaminants. We have developed an on-chip separation process using(More)
The effects of treatment with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and a dielectric film of HfO(2) on the properties of SiC based epitaxial graphene have been explored and analyzed. We have characterized the carrier mobility of graphene on Si-face and C-face SiC with a layer of HfO(2), with or without an initial PVA treatment on the device active layer. Epitaxial(More)
A fast, simple, scalable technique is described for the controlled, solution-based, electrochemical synthesis of patterned metallic and semiconducting nanowires from reusable, nonsacrificial, ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) templates. This enables the repeated fabrication of arrays of complex patterns of nanowires, potentially made of any(More)
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