Chapter 9

Magnetic microrobots for microbiology

Edward B. Steager; Denise Wong; Mahmut Selman Sakar; Vijay Kumar    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United StatesSwiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland


Transport of individual cells or chemical payloads on a subcellular scale is an enabling tool for the study of cellular communication, cell migration, and other localized phenomena. We present a magnetically actuated robotic system capable of fully automated manipulation of cells and microbeads. Our strategy uses autofluorescent robotic transporters and fluorescently labeled microbeads to aid tracking and control in optically obstructed environments. We demonstrate automated delivery ...

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