Welcome to Assiut Microfluidics Lab (AML)!

Assiut Microfluidics Lab (AML) is a research laboratory at the Department of Mechaincal Engineering, Assiut University, Egypt. Our research interests lie in the area of microfluidics and its applications.

What is microfluidics?

Microfluidics is a new technology pertaining to liquid manipulation on the micron-size scale. It emerged in the early 1990’s originally to enhance the analytical performance of chemical systems, but was later found to offer a whole set of advantages resulting in its adoption in many fields including biological analysis, chemical synthesis, electronics cooling, optics, and even information technology. Now, less than twenty years after its inception, microfluidics is at the core of a whole new technology, known as “Lab-on-a-Chip”, that made possible, on palm sized devices, processes that conventionally required bench-size equipment. A few examples of these processes include DNA amplification (PCR), High Performance Liquid chromatography (HPLC), and immunoassays.
To learn more about microfluidics, the advantages it offer, and applications that can benefit from its capacity, check our Introduction to Microfluidics presentation.

The AML mission is to:

  1. Better understand the basics and fundamentals of driving and manipulating liquids in microfluidic devices.
  2. Develop new, low cost microfabrication techniques to produce reliable microfluidic devices with the limited capabilities of typical research labs in developing countries.
  3. Explore implementing microfluidics technology in new areas that can benefit from its capabilities.
To learn more about AML research interests, check our Research page.
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AML News

December 2014: Our collaborator Omnia Omar is awarded second best paper award at CIBEC 2014 for her paper "Tissue dissociation miniaturized platform for uterine stem cell isolation and culture". Congratulations Omnia!

December 2014: Assiut microfluidics lab team attends CIBEC2014 in Cairo.

November 2014: Our paper on sperm rheotaxis got the outside front cover of December 2014 issue of Integrative Biology.

November 2014: Abdelhady Mostafa was awarded a Research Support Grant from the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) to fund his Master research project titled: Computer vision for the automation of microfluidic platforms used for mechanical characterization of biological cells. Congratulations Abdelhady!

October 2014: Our projects on Sperm Rheotaxis, Low cost Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis, and Tissue dissociation using microfluidics were accepted for oral presentation at CIBEC2014 (an IEEE conference) in Cairo in December, 2014. Congratulation to Mohamed Elsayed, Hassan Abdelmoumen, and Omnia Omar.

September 2014: Our manuscript on characterization of rheotaxis of bull sperm using microfluidics was accepted for publication in Integrative Biology (IF=3.99)

August 2014: Our manuscript on mammalian embryo vitrification using digital microfluidics was accepted in PLoS one (IF=3.54)

August 2014: Hassan has successfully defended his Master thesis on August 14th, 2014. Thesis title was: Modeling of Contact Angle Saturation in Electrowetting on Dielectric Systems. Congratulations Hassan!

June 2014: Waleed and Abdelhady's abstracts were accepted for presentation at microTAS 2014 in San Anotnio, USA. Abdelhady's Abstract is titled: Development of a Simple, Robust and Real-Time Image Processing Algorithm For Tracking and Analyzing Cells and Droplets Inside Microchannels, and Waleed's Abstract is titled: Effect of Electrical Conductivity and Permittivity of Liquids and Frequency of The Applied Voltage On Droplets Actuation On Digital Microfluidic Devices

June 2014: The Egyptian Student Association at University of Toronto invited Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad to give a lecture on funding opportunities available for researchers in Egypt. You can watch the lecture here

May 2014: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad was invited to judge the oral presentations of MATCH students at Ontario on Chip meeting at University of Toronto.

May 2014: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad gave an invited talk at Ontario on a Chip meeting which is held annually at University of Toronto. The talk was titled "Automated Vitrification of Mammalian Embryos Using Digital Microfluidics".

May 2014: Dr. Othman Hassan (as PI) and Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad (as Co-PI) were awarded a Research Support Grant by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) to support a graduation project for 4th year mechanical students titled "Design, Fabrication and Testing of a Micro-Channel Heat Sink for Electronic Devices Cooling".

May 2014: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad gave an invited talk titled "Biological Applications of Microfluidics" at Zewail city of science and technology on May 7th, 2014.

May 2014: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad gave an invited talk at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-Just) in Borg El-Arab, Alexandria, on the different applications of microfluidics on May 4th, 2014.

March 2014: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad joined a team with Dr. Mahmoud Elsabahy (Faculty of Pharmacy) and Dr. Mostafa Hamad (Faculty of Medicine) and submitted a proposal to Grand Challenges Canada to develop a microchip for the diagnosis of HCV virus.

Grand Challenges Canada Application

March 2014: Dr. Essam Eldien Rashad Othman from Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (as PI) and Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad (as Co-PI) received a Basic and Applied Research Grant from STDF titled "Non-surgical diagnosis of endometriosis: Incorporating clinical, hormonal and biomechanical factors into an integrated model". Part of the grant fund will be used to study mechanical properties of endometrium cells of endometriosis patients.

February 2014: Beshoy Nabil and Kerulus Yousef from last year's project "Building a syringe pump for microfluidics applications" receive the Young Innovator Award from Dr. Ramzy George, Minister of Academic Research, in the ceremony organized by Nahdet Elmahrousa. Congratulations!

November, 2013: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad is selected as a referee for SHAGHAL competition organized by Nahdet Elmahrousa for recent graduates who would like to turn their graduation projects into small businesses.

October 2013: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad and Derek Pyne attend microTAS2013 in Germany to present a poster titled "Partially filled electrodes for digital microfluidics".

September, 2013: Beshoy Ashraf and Kerolos Yousef are hosted by "Radio Misr" to talk about their graduation project "Building a syringe pump for microfluidics applications".

August, 2013: Graduation project "Building a syringe pump for microfluidics applications" won the first place nationally in the Young Innovator Award (YIA) from Nahdet Elmahrousa organization.

August, 2013: One of the graduation projects supervised by Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad, titled "Building a syringe pump for microfluidic and medical applications", is highlighted on Al-Ahram website (Al-Ahram is the newspaper with the largest distribution over all Egypt).

July, 2013: AML welcomes its 6th member Mohamed Farghal.

July, 2013: AML hosted two presentations by Mohamed Zanaty and Ahmed Khaled, research assistants at the electrical engineering department, on July 25th and August 1st, 2013, on their research performed at IMEC in Belgium as part of their CENA scholarships. Presentations were titled "Design and modeling of MEMS resonators for bio-molecular sensing applications" and "Characterization of bio-coated MEMS resonators for molecular sensing applications", respectively.

June, 2013: The graduation project "Building a syringe pump for microfluidic applications" supervised by Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad won the Young Innovators Award offered by Nahdet Elmahrousa (L.E. 6000 value).

June, 2013: Derek's work on Partially filled electrodes for digital microfluidic devices has been accepted for presentation in microTAS 2013 in Germany. Congratulations Derek.

June, 2013: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad gave a talk titled "Biological Applications of Microfluidics" at the Department of Microbiology at Faculty of Medicine on June 17th, 2013.

April, 2013: Journal of Green Processing and Synthesis publishes a profile of Assiut Microfluidics Lab. The full text of the profile is available here.

March, 2013: Assiut Microfluidics Lab will be hosting Dr. Sherine Aly from department of Microbiology to give a lecture on the basics of DNA replication and PCR on March 14th, 2013.

March, 2013: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad will be giving 2 lectures on how to use EndNote as a bibliography management software on March 2nd, and 3rd 2013 in a course organized by the Knowledge Transfer Office at Assiut University.

January, 2013: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad was honored in Assiut University Science day for receiving Misr Elkair Publication award.

December, 2012: Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad will be giving 4 lectures in the "Essential Research Skills" course organized by the Knowledge Transfer office at Assiut University on 24-26 December, 2012.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad was awarded Misr Elkhair Publication Award for the year 2011 for his paper titled "A Fast and Simple Method to Fabricate Circular Microchannels in Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)" published in Lab on Chip in 2011 (Impact factor = 5.67).

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad (as co-PI) and Dr. Taymour El-Sherry from faculty of veterinary medicine (as PI) won a Research Support Grant from the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) to develop a microfluidic platform for sperm analysis.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad will give an invited talk, "Digital Microfluidics: a New Tool in the Microfluidics Toolbox", at the Micro Flow Chemistry and Biology Workshop (MIFCAB) to be held in Amman, Jordan, on 7th and 8th November, 2012.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad gave an invited talk, "Microfluidics: the Power of Small", at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) on 17th of October, 2012.

AML welcomes its 4th member Mohamed Elsayed.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad together with Dr. Ahmad M. R. Fath Elbab and Dr. Mohsen Abdelnaeim, from the mechanical Engineering Department received a Capacity Building Grant from the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) to establish a microfabrication facility at Assiut University.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad , Hassan and Waleed have attended the 8th International Meeting on Electrowetting at Athens, Greece from 21-23 June, 2012.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad is invited by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) to participate in an open table discussion on the future of technology transfer in Egypt on May 8th, 2012.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad is awarded an STDF reintegration grant for a project titled " Modeling Droplet Actuation in Digital Microfluidics to Enhance its Performance in Biomedical Applications"

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad is appointed interim director of Assiut University Technology Transfer office starting Dec. 6th, 2011.

Abdelrahman Meshref appeared on Egyptian National TV (Channel 1) to discuss his graduation project "Low cost microfabrication alternatives from CD drives"

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad invited Dr. Hisham Mohamed from IBM Watson research labs, NY, to give a lecture titled "BioMEMS: An enabling technology" on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad attended a 4-day training on IP protection at the European patent office in Vienna, from 12-16 September, 2011.

Graduation projects supervised by Dr. Mohamed Abdelgwad won two Young Innovators Awards (L.E 6000 each) offered by Nahdet Elmahrosa organization

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad attended a 2-day training on "IP in business practice" at the European Patent Office in Munich from 25-26 May, 2011.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad attended a 2-day training on "Building and Defending IP value" at the European Patent Office in Berlin, from 17-18 May, 2011.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelgawad gave an invited talk at the American University in Cairo titled "Microfluidics: the power of small" on June 29th, 2011.