Microfluidics for label-free particle sorting


Project Summary

Workshop, 5-6 Sept 2017

Microfluidic particle fractionation based on the inherent properties of e.g. cells, microorganisms and organelles offers significant improvements over conventional techniques in terms of ease of handling and usage, speed and reductions in cost. We consolidated the field at the European level and created a unique comprehensive training program that rested on solid experimental and theoretical foundations.


LAPASO provided a unique training opportunity for 15 fellows in a highly interdisciplinary and intersectorial environment with the overarching scientific objective of advancing diagnostics for a wide range of critical medical conditions using advanced microfluidics and nanobiotechnology integration.


The project was funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n° 607350. The project started on 1 October 2013 and ended on 30 September 2017.


The publishable part of the Final Report can be downloaded as pdf: Download Final Report



The "European Workshop on Label Free Particle Sorting" was held on 5-6 September 2017, Lund, Sweden


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Keynote and Invited Speakers

Prof. Mehmet Toner, Harvard University, USA

Prof. Jochen Guck, TU Dresden, Germany

Dr. Veerle Lejon, Institute of Research for Development, Montpellier, France

Prof. Michael Barrett, Glasgow University, UK

Dr. Mark Sutton, Public Health England, UK

Prof. Henrik Bruus, DTU, Denmark




Microfluidic label-free particle fractionation based on the inherent properties of particles (e.g. cells, microorganisms, organelles) offers significant advantages over conventional techniques in terms of ease of handling and usage, speed, and reduction in cost. We aim here to utilise our comprehensive network and solid experience to put to use several microfluidics technologies to address important biomedical problems.

This workshop has three interdisciplinary and inter-related themes based on understanding and exploiting label-free particle analysis:

trypanosome under microscope Parasites – improve diagnosis by enriching parasites that occur at low concentrations;
SEM photo of bacteria Bacteria: sorting of bacteria in different subpopulations based on morphology that is connected to pathogenicity;
microphoto of a stem cell Rare cells: enrich rare stem cells for therapeutic use;

To tackle these challenges we will cover a wide range of technologies such as:

micro-and nanosystem components Materials, processing and simulation of micro- and nanosystem components
microfluidic sorting Microfluidics
photo of microfluidic impedance cytometry chip Integrated optics and electronics

Oral presentations were given by invited international experts, researchers, successful entrepreneurs, and experienced industry people.

Poster sessions were held in connection to the presentations where researchers and companies presented their scientific work in the respective areas.


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Programme Committee

Jonas Tegenfeldt, Lund University
Hywel Morgan, University of Southampton
Lisa Ranford-Cartwright, University of Glasgow
Michael Barrett, University of Glasgow
Birgitta Henriques-Normark, Karolinska Institutet
Thomas Laurell, Lund University
Jochen Guck, TU Dresden
Gerhard Gompper, FZ Juelich


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