Michaela Barbu

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Oligonucleotide-based receptors or aptamers can interact with small molecules, but the ability to achieve high-affinity and specificity of these interactions depends strongly on functional groups or epitopes displayed by the binding targets. Some classes of targets are particularly challenging: for example, monosaccharides have scarce functionalities and no(More)
This paper presents a microfluidic device which uses bead-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify and detect genomic DNA of Bordetella Pertussis. PCR is a biochemical amplification process in which template DNA is duplicated by repeated thermal cycling and enzymatic amplification. The device uses an integrated resistive heater and temperature(More)
We present a microchip for isolation of aptamers that bind to target ligands at prespecified temperatures. The device uses integrated resistive heaters and sensors to control the temperatures of (poly)dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchambers for temperature-specific selection and bead-based amplification of aptamers. Aptamers are isolated from a randomized DNA(More)
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