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ME Special Seminar: microanalytical systems

Microanalytical Systems for Personalized Medicine
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
MERL Building, Conference Room 203
Prof. Gerald Urban (IMTEK, University of Freiburg)
Abstract / Description: 

The development of lab-on-chip systems will enhance the diagnostics in personalized medicine. After an introduction of personalized medicine a short overview of microbiosensors for monitoring metabolic parameters will be given and with a look on the history and commercialization of such devices. For future applications special microfluidic lab-on-chip chip based systems will be highlighted for RNA based pathogen detection using only 5µl analyte volumes. Enrichment, lysis, purification and isothermal amplification of RNA can be done using phaseguide structures for performing free flow electrophoresis, gel electrophoresis and electrothermal lysis on chip.


Gerald Urban was born in Vienna, Austria and studied physics at the Technical University Vienna. Afterwards he was employed at the neurosurgical department, University Hospital Vienna. In 1985 he received the PhD in electrical engineering at the TU Vienna. He was Post Doc at the University in Münster and Amsterdam and performed a study trip to China. He was co-founder of the venture company OSC in Cleveland. 1994 he received the Venia Legendi for Sensor Technology and in 1995 he becomes scientific director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Biomedical Microengineering in Vienna , Austria. In 1997 he becomes full professor of sensors at the technical faculty at the University Freiburg/Germany. He was dean of the faculty and an elected member of the academic senate and was speaker of the academic senate from 2009 - 2011. From the year 2002 till now he is member of the directorate of the Freiburg Material Research Center. He is cofounder of the company JobstTechnologies which was sold to the Endress group in the year 2015.

He published more than 100 full papers, holds 67 patents, received four awards and is series editor of the Springer series on chemical sensors and biosensors. He is corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.