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Global Health Lab

Welcome to the Global Health Lab!

Two bioengineering students collaborating under a laboratory hood.

This lab focus on the research and development of clean water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as medical devices for the maintenance and improvement of global public health.

Dr. Unyoung (Ashley) Kim is Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Santa Clara University where she serves as the Director of the Biological Micro/Nanosystems Laboratory. Her research interests involve the investigation of integrated microfluidic systems to address challenging needs in biomedical applications. She is also a member of the SCU Frugal Innovation Laboratory where she leads the Global Health Lab working on several projects to develop diagnostic platforms for environment/health monitoring for under-served communities and emerging markets.

Examples of projects in this lab:

Students: Aleen Michaelian, Connie Truong

Advisor: Unyoung (Ashley) Kim

To address the growth of point of care (POC) diagnostics, we have developed a low-power, low-cost, and compact micropump that easily integrates with lab- on-a-chip devices in POC applications. Powered by electrolysis and controlled by a planar membrane and check valves, this micropump supplies precise microliter amounts of fluid.

Students: Natalie Arrizon, Jose Hernandez, Antonio Maldonado-Liu, Alejandra Pacheco

Advisor: Unyoung (Ashley) Kim

Our objective is to develop a kit equipped with sensors that will be used to take a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen concentration, and blood glucose concentration non-invasively. This kit will then allow doctors to have access to a patient’s vital signs through most mobile devices.

Students: Brandon Miura, Alex Wagner, Philip Wu

Advisor: Unyoung (Ashley) Kim

Our project focuses on developing an affordable and easy-to-use microfluidic sensor that can accurately detect and pinpoint water sources contaminated with phosphate. Our device integrates with a hand-held analyzer and a mobile app that automate interpretation and mapping of our detection results.