Tzuen-Rong Tzeng

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Separating live and dead cells is critical to the diagnosis of early stage diseases and to the efficacy test of drug screening, etc. This work demonstrates a novel microfluidic approach to dielectrophoretic separation of yeast cells by viability. It exploits the cell dielectrophoresis that is induced by the inherent electric field gradient at the(More)
We propose and demonstrate a simple, ultra sensitive radio frequency (RF) sensor to detect a single yeast cell and distinguish its viability in a microfluidic channel. On-chip interference is used to cancel background probing signals to improve sensor sensitivity. Individual viable and nonviable yeast cells (approximately 5.83 +/- 0.85 microm in diameter)(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGROUND Extracts from the marine algae Cymopolia barbata have previously shown promising pharmacological activity including antifungal, antitumor, antimicrobial, and antimutagenic properties. Even though extracts have demonstrated such bioactivity, isolated ingredients responsible for such bioactivity remain unspecified. In this study, we(More)
Advances in glycan array technology have provided opportunities to automatically and systematically characterize the binding specificities of glycan-binding proteins. However, there is still a lack of robust methods for such analyses. In this study, we developed a novel quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) method to analyze glycan array data.(More)
Sphingomonas paucimobilis var. EPA505 utilizes fluoranthene (FLA), naphthalene (NAP), and phenanthrene (PHE) as sole carbon sources for energy and growth. A genetic library of EPA505 was constructed using mini-Tn5 promoter reporter genes encoding for tetracycline resistance (tc(p-)) or luminescence (luxAB(p-)). Out of 2250 Tn5 mutants, ten were deficient in(More)
A single-walled carbon nanotube was exploited for its semi-flexible pseudo-one-dimensional nanostructure as a unique scaffold to display multivalent carbohydrate ligands, with a specific demonstration showing that galactosylated carbon nanotubes were effective in the capturing of pathogenic Escherichia coli in solution.
Particle separation is a fundamental operation in the areas of biology and physical chemistry. A variety of force fields have been used to separate particles in microfluidic devices, among which electric field may be the most popular one due to its general applicability and adaptability. So far, however, electrophoresis-based separations have been limited(More)
Lysing cells is an important step in the analysis of intracellular contents. Concentrating cells is often required in order to acquire adequate cells for lysis. This work presents an integrated concentration and lysis of mammalian cells in a constriction microchannel using dc-biased ac electric fields. By adjusting the dc component, the electrokinetic cell(More)
Although implanted medical devices (IMDs) offer many benefits, they are susceptible to bacterial colonization and infections. Such infections are difficult to treat because bacteria could form biofilms on the implant surface, which reduce antibiotics penetration and generate local dormant regions with low pH and low oxygen. In addition, these infections are(More)
Focusing cells into a single stream is usually a necessary step prior to counting and separating them in microfluidic devices such as flow cytometers and cell sorters. This work presents a sheathless electrokinetic focusing of yeast cells in a planar serpentine microchannel using dc-biased ac electric fields. The concurrent pumping and focusing of yeast(More)