CBio has hired its Senior Microfluidics Engineer, Aytug Gencoglu, PhD, who is an experienced engineer and will support cellPhoresis™ development.
Aytug holds an MS in Molecular Biology, Genetics & Biotechnology from Istanbul Technical University, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. For his Postdoctoral Fellowship, he was a member of Dr Lapizco-Encinas' research group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. His research at Dr. Lapizco’s Lab involved insulating dielectrophoresis (iDEP) in low frequency AC electric fields and with varying insulating post geometries, which is very relevant to the science behind cellPhoresis™.
Aytug has invented device designs and run procedures that increased resolution, lowered power requirements, and allowed new elution schemes in microfluidic devices. “In the last decade, the industry came into its own, broke out of academic labs in bigger and bigger ways, and it's now booming - or maybe blooming is a better word” Aytug says. “It is still a relatively new, open market. There are many applications that are possible with today's microfluidics technology, and they are just waiting for the right company to go ahead and do it”, he adds.
"I feel very fortunate, because this is the exact kind of company I wanted to join. It's icing on the cake that CBio is one of the very few companies with an interest in dielectrophoresis, my specialty” he says about joining CBio.
“There is also a very strong camaraderie that comes from this, and it doesn't just make my workday more enjoyable, it ties strongly into the motivation to see the team succeed, and the sense of ownership. I am looking forward to packing our first shipment to a customer, and I am very curious to see what they will discover using our platform.”