Microscale Bioseparations Laboratory
@ Rochester Institute of Technology
May 2014 - Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas was selected as the 2014 Scholarship Featured Faculty
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas was selected to represent the Kate Gleason College of Engineering as the featured Faculty for the
2013 Faculty Scholarship report. Dr. Lapizco-Encinas had a very productive year in 2013 in terms of publications and external funding. Further information is available on the official Scholarship site at RIT (May 2014).
April 2014 -Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas received two scholarship awards from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas received awards for "Exemplary Performance in Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers" and "Exemplary Performance in Externally Disseminated Works"
during the 2014 sholarship celebration of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT (April, 2014).
August 2013 - Mario joined MBS Lab!
M.Sc. Mario Saucedo-Espinosa joined MBS Lab in August 2013. Mario is a PhD student in Microsystems Engineering. Mario comes with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a
M.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico. Mario has been awarded a very prestigious FULBRIGHT-Garcia Robles Fellowship.
Congratulations Mario! For further information, visit Mario's page.
July 31st 2013 - Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas obtained an NSF grant
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas has been officially notified of the award and funding of her very first NSF grant.
The award was granted to support her proposal titled " Rapid and Dynamic Cell Assessments in Dielectrophoresis-Based Microfluidic Devices."
Dr. Lapizco-Encinas is the single Principle Investigator of this National Science Foundation Grant as part of their Fluid Dynamics Program.
Information regarding the grant can be found via the
May 2013 - MSB Lab receives TWO FEAD grants
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas and Dr. Karuna Koppula have received each one Faculty Education and Development Grant Program FEAD) grants.
- Dr. Lapizco-Encinas received a FEAD grant for the project "ctive particle manipulation with dielectrophoresis in microfluidic devices and development
of a microfabrication and electrokinetic module for an upper level elective for Biomedical and Chemical Engineering students."
- Dr. Koppula received a FEAD grant for the project Advancing the mathematical modeling of dielectrophoresis-based microdevices, with development of microfluidics
learning modules for Chemical Engineering students."
January 2013 - Dr. Aytug Gencoglu joined MBS Lab .
Dr. Aytug Gencoglu is the new postdoctoral researcher at the MSB Lab. He recently obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological
University. He comes with significant microfluidics experience. Visit Aytug's page.
December 15th 2012 - MBS Lab is moving to a brand new building!
On January 3rd 2013 we will be moving to "Institute Hall" a brand new building at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Our lab will ocupy 750 ft2 of new space, including an office for graduate students, a microscopy room and general laboratory space. See more details here
November 2012 - Microscale BioSeparations (MBS) lab is looking for two PhD students to start in the Fall 2013
Interested students please email Professor Blanca Lapizco-Encinas for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2012 - Bobby Adams and David Olney presented their research at the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh PA.
Their posters were part of the
Undergraduate poster session, in the separations division.
See pictures here,
Roberto will be joining Tecnologico de Monterrey as a Researcher
Roberto will start his new job at Tecnologico de Monterrey on July 2nd 2012. He will be joining the BioMEMS Research Chair as Reseacher.
We wish Roberto the best now that he is starting his independent research career.
Roberto defended his PhD Dissertation on May 14, 2012
Roberto C. Gallo-villanueva defended his PhD Dissertation on May 14 2012. Roberto received the "Distinguished Dissertation Award", which
is the highest honor that Tecnologico de Monterrey awards at the PhD level.
Dissertation Title: “Design, Applications and Performance of Insulator-Based Dielectrophoretic Devices”
See pictures here,
, and here
Bobby Adams awarded a reseach medal and first place at the "7th Annual Student Research Day"
Bobby Adams was awarded first Place at the "7th Annual Student Research Day", Bobby also received a Research medal in the Chemical Engineering Biomolecular Concentration section,
with the poster "Insulator based Dielectrophoresis: effect of insulator geometry on particle trapping". April 2012. See picture here
Bobby Adams obtained URECA! grant
Bobby Adams was awarded a URECA grant! The URECA (Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity) Program provides monetary assistance
for undergraduates who pursue research and creative activities, April 2012.
Outstanding Professor Award by Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE)
Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), which is the the American honor society for chemical engineering students, granted to Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas
the Outstanding Professor Award in April 2012.
Guest Editor for "DIELECTROPHORESIS 2013"
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas has been invited as “Guest Editor” for the journal ELECTROPHORESIS,
the invitation is to edit the special issue entitled “Dielectrophoresis 2013”. This special issue is to be published in April 2013.
This is second time this special issue is Edited. Dielectrophoresis 2011 was published with great sucess in September 2011.
Dielectrophoresis 2011: see issue 17 from volume 32 of Electrophoresis
Dielectrophoresis 2011: see issue 18 from volume 32 of Electrophoresis
Keynote Speaker at the ITP 2012
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas has been invited Invited as Keynote Speaker at the ITP 2012—19th International Symposium,
Exhibit & Workshops on Electro- and Liquid Phase-separation Techniques, September 30 – October 3, 2012, Baltimore Inner Harbor Maryland, USA
See ITP 2012 Webpage
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas has been elected Vice-President of AES
In October 2011 Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas was Elected Vice-President of the American Electrophoresis Society.
See AES's page
Deputy Editor of the Journal Electrophoresis
In August 2011 Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas was apointted Deputy Editor of the Journal Electrophoresis.
See Journal's page
Héctor is now a PhD Candidate!
In August 2011 Héctor officially passed the PhD qualifying examinations at Tec de Monterrey, Héctor is now a PhD Candidate, his expected grduation
date is December 2012. Héctor has now 4 published journal articles and several conference presentations.
See Héctor's page
Héctor is at Michigan Tech
Héctor started in June 2011 a one-year research stay at Michigan Tech, Héctor is visiting the Lab of Dr. Adrienne Minerick
See lab Website
Roberto is at Virginia Tech
Roberto started in January 2011 a one-year research stay at Virginia Tech, Roberto is visiting the Lab of Dr. Rafael Davalos
See lab Website
Dr. Blanca H. Lapizco was invited to give a seminar on January 25th, 2011 at the Chemical Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech University.
Dr. Blanca Lapizco has been granted Level II by SNI (Mexican Researchers System)
Dr. Blanca H. Lapizco has been granted Level II by SNI, SNI is the Mexican Researcher's System. Dr. Lapizco is the first female scientist to be awarded SNI level II at CINVESTAV-Monterrey"
Invitations as "GUEST EDITOR" by ELECTROPHORESIS
Dr. Blanca H. Lapizco was invited as Guest Editor by the Journal Electrophoresis, to edit the special issue "Dielectrophoresis 2011"
See call for papers
Dr. Blanca H. Lapizco was invited to give a seminar on September 10th, 2010 at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Arizona State University.
Javier defended his MSc Thesis
Javier L. Baylón-Cardiel defended his MSc Thesis on May 14th 2010, Javier finished his MSc in 3 semesters!
Héctor defended his MSc Thesis
Héctor Moncada-Hernández defended his MSc Thesis on December 7th 2009, Héctor finished his MSc in 3 semesters!
Héctor's first paper as a fisrt author got accepted on December 17th 2009.
The article "DNA manipulation by means of insulator based dielectrophoresis in the presence of a DC electric fields" was awarded
the cover of ELECTROPHORESIS, volume 30, issue 24, December 2009. This research was carried out by Roberto C. Gallo Villanueva and Carlos E. Rodríguez López
Congratulations Roberto and Carlos!
Elected as Councilor of the American Electrophoresis Society
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas was selected as a Councilor of the American Electrophoresis Society, November 2009.
Induction to the Mexican Academy of Sciences
Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas was inducted as a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in October 2009, she is the only female member at CINVESTAV-Monterrey
Dr. Blanca Lapizco was invited to "Los Pinos" to meet the first Lady Lic. Margarita Zavala, as one of the female scientists awarded with the
L'oreal "For women in science" award (March 2009).