Immunotrafficking Lab

Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba

Lab News

2018
[2018-12-1] Ten years anniversary of the lab!

[2018-11-5] Our paper on the development of a high-throughput microfluidic chemotaxis assay is accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip.
[2018-10-20] Jiandong and Xiaoou presented in the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

[2018-10-13] Our paper reviewing the development of portable imaging platforms for cell-based assays is accepted for publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
[2018-10-5] Our paper on the development of a point-of-care urinary albumin test for chronic kidney disease assessment is accepted for publication in ACS Sensors.
[2018-8-27] Congratulations to Sam (former high school student intern in our lab) for her admission to the University of Manitoba with the President's Scholarship!
[2018-8-2] Our paper reviewing emerging development of microfluidic devices for improving muscle cell migration studies is accepted for publication in Tissue Engineering, Part B.
[2018-7-23] Welcome Sam and Marco joining back to the lab!
[2018-7-19] Francis joined the Editorial Board of Micromachines.
[2018-6-17] Francis is elected Chair of the Division of Physics in Medicine and Biology-Canadian Association of Physicists for 2018-19.
[2018-5-4] Welcome Norina (University Undergraduate Research Award) and Dumitru joined the lab for summer research!
[2018-4-25] Jun completed his visiting research in our lab and returned to the Chinese Academy of Sciences! We wish him all the best in the future and look forward to continued collaborations!
[2018-4-24] Our US patent for a portable microfluidic cell migration assay is granted.
[2018-4-23] Congratulations to Jolly for moving on to the Operations Coordinator position at the Manitoba Institute for Materials! We thank Jolly for his long-time contributions to the lab and wish him all the best in his new position!
[2018-4-23] Welcome Osasere Henry Aimuyo joined back to the lab for summer research with a Faculty of Science award!
[2018-4-1] Hagit completed her postdoc research in our lab! We wish her all the best for the future!
[2018-3-16] We moved into the newly renovated lab space on the 5th floor of Allen Physics Bldg. Thanks to so many people for their help and support!
[2018-2-9] Study of netrin-1 mediated immune and cancer cell migration in collaboration with the Stetefeld group and the McKenna group in the Department of Chemistry is accepted for publication in Advanced Biosystems.
[2018-1-31] Francis is guest editing a Special Issue on "Microfluidics for cell-based assays" for Micromachines. Submissions are welcomed!
[2018-1-17] Collaborative study with Jilin University on neutrophil migration is funded.


2017
[2017-12-20] Seed grant for mycotoxin detection project is funded.
[2017-12-12] Our paper reviewing Lab-on-chip systems for detection of cardiovascular disease and cancer biomarkers is accepted for publication in Sensors.
[2017-12-11] Our paper reviewing lab-on-chip technologies for chronic disease diagnosis is accepted for publication in npj Digital Medicine.
[2017-12-1] Nine years anniversary of the lab!
[2017-11-24] Our review of organ-on-chip related approaches to study cell migration is featured in the cover of Micromachines.[link]
[2017-11-17] Check out our detailed protocol of D3-Chip for cell migration assay.
[2017-11-12] Our iPC-CS model for cell motility is featured in the front cover of Integrative Biology.
[2017-10-27] Our paper reviewing cell migration studies using organ-on-chip related approaches is accepted for publication in Micromachines.
[2017-10-13] The lab presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; and also at the SelectBio Conferences (Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics World Congress; POC Diagnostics, Global Health-Viral Diseases) in San Diego, California.
[2017-9-18] Our paper exploring a new bioenergetics model for cell motility is accepted for publication in Integrative Biology.
[2017-9-16] Collaborative studies to develop new cell migration based COPD diagnostic test is featured in the Voice Newsletter.
[2017-7-21] Our paper reporting the development of a smartphone-based microfluidic cell migration assay for research and clinical applications is accepted for publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
[2017-7-2] Our paper (Nandagopal et al., PLoS ONE, 2011, 6(3): e18183) is among the most cited papers in PLoS ONE.
[2017-6-12] Welcome returning (Marco and Stefan) and new (Osasere and Supriti) summer students!
[2017-6-1] Collaborative study of collective cell migration is accepted for publication in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences!.
[5-30-2017] Francis is elected Vice Chair of the Division of Physics in Medicine and Biology-Canadian Association of Physicists for 2017-18.
[2017-5-24] Congratulations to Dongxue for successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis!
[2017-5-19] Congratulations to Ke for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis!
[2017-5-3] Our paper reporting the effect of activin A on immune and cancer cell migration and interactions is accepted for publication in Experimental Cell Research.
[2017-4-26] Our paper studying the effect of FGF23 on neutrophil migration with relevance to chronic kidney disease is accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.
[2017-03-22] Our paper reporting the development of a paper-based microfluidic device for potential point-of-care chronic disease diagnosis application is accepted for publication in Sensors.
[2017-3-19]Our paper investigating neutrophil chemotaxis and the memory effect using a dual-docking chip is accepted for publication in Integrative Biology.
[2017-3-19] Our paper describing the all-on-chip chemotaxis test method is accepted for publication in JoVE.
[2017-1-20] Congratulations to Kevin for his successful M.Sc. thesis defense!
[2017-1-16] Our review paper of MS2 technology was among the top 25 most downloaded articles published in Lab on Chip in 2016.

 

2016

[2016-12-1] 8 years anniversary of the lab!
[2016-11-29] Congratulations to Hagit for the CPOW Travel Award to attend the 2017 Biophysical Society meeting in the U.S.!
[2016-10-21] Congratulations to Ke for the Chinese national scholarship!
[2016-9-28]Dr. Meili Dong completed her visiting research under the CSC scholarship and returned to China.
[2016-9-15] Francis presented in the Society for Leukocyte Biology Meeting in Verona.
[2016-9-6] Francis returned from his visiting research at UC Davis under the BWF award.
[2016-9-1] Welcome new lab members Ziba (Ph.D.), Xiaoou (Ph.D.) and Dongxue (visiting M.Sc.)!
[2016-9-1] Thanks to our summer students, Marco, Marc, Steve, Stefan and Bojing!
[2016-9-1] Prof. Xueling Cui completed her visiting research under the CSC scholarship and returned to China.
[2016-6-27] Francis visited collaborators at Hefei Institutes of Physical Science in China.
[2016-6-14] Francis joined the executive team of the Division of Physics in Medicine and Biology-Canadian Association of Physicists for 2016-17.

[2016-3-30] Congratulations to Jiandong for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis and receiving postdoc fellowship from Mitacs!
[2016-3-29] Our paper for the development of an all-on-chip method for rapid white blood cell migration test is accepted for publication in Technology journal!

[2016-2-22] Our paper reviewing MS2 technology is published in Lab on a Chip (featured as back cover image).
[2016-2-3] Congratulations to Hagit for receiving postdoc fellowship from NSERC!


2015

[2015-12-04] Our lab and Dr. Judy Anderson's lab received a joint collaborative research grant from the Faculty of Science to study muscle stem cell migration.
[2015-12-01] Seven years anniversary of the lab!
[2015-9-8] Dr. Xueling Cui joined the lab as a Visiting Scientist. Welcome!
[2015-7-7] Welcome Stefan (returning), Bojing (returning), and Marco (new) join the lab for summer research!
[2015-7-3] Congratulations to Jiandong for receiving financial support from CMC Microsystems for his microfluidic device development project!
[2015-6-6] Francis is awared a CRTG grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
[2015-5-13] Two papers on neutrophil chemotaxis studies using microfluidic devices are accepted for publication in PLoS ONE and Biomedical Microdevices.
[2015 -5-5] The lab is awarded a university research grant to study immune-cancer cell interactions.
[2015-4-25] Congratulations to Jiandong for receiving the Honorable Mention for his poster presentation on the microfluidic cell migration study in COPD in the NEMB2015 meeting in Minneapolis!
[2015-2-18] Our paper studying CCR7 mediated T lymphocyte transfectants migration using microfluidic devices is accepted for publication in the Journal of Immunological Methods.
[2015-1-21] Welcome KeYang joined the lab as a visiting Ph.D. student!


2014

[2014.12-8] Our paper on the development of a microfluidic method for selecting chemotactic stem cells is accepted for publication in RSC Advances.
[2014.12.1] The lab celebrates its six years anniversary.
[2014-11-20] Kanmani successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis. Congratulations!
[2004-9-15] Welcome Dr. Zimin Ma and Dr. Meili Dong joined the lab as visiting scientists!
[2014-8-18] Welcome Dr. Hagit Peretz-Soroka joined the lab as a postdoc fellow!
[2014-8-7] Xun successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis. Congratulations!
[2014-6-10] Jiandong is awarded a graduate fellowship from Research Manitoba. Congratulations!
[2014-6-2] Welcome Héctor joined the lab for summer research through the Mitacs Globalink Program!
[2014-5-5] Welcome Chantal and Iris joining back to the lab for summer research! Congratulations to Chantal for admission to medical school!
[2014-5-1] Congratulations to our former Mitacs GSI, Richard Qi, for his admission to Columbia University for graduate study!
[2014.4.23] Congratulations to our youngest lab member Rundi (high school student) for winning the University of Manitoba Award in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada!
[2014.4.2] The lab renewed its NSERC Discovery Grant to study immune cell trafficking in the next 5 years.
[2014.4.1] Our paper (Li et al, Biomicrofluidics 6-024121-2012) was rated as the top 20 most cited article in 2012-2013 by the publisher.

[2014.3.28] As part of an interdisciplinary collaborating team, the lab was awarded a 3-years CHRP Grant joinly funded by CIHR and NSERC.

[2014.3.8] Xun presented her research in the CSI meeting at Quebec City.
[2014.3.6] Congratulations to Jiandong for becoming a Ph.D. candidate!
[2014.2.24] Our paper on the development of a compact microfluidic chemotaxis system is accepted for publication in Biomedical Microdevices.


2013

[2013.12.6] We are proud to announce the lab's first Ph.D. graduate. Saravanan successfully defended his thesis and will start his postdoc in the Immunology Department under a MHRC fellowship. Well done and congratulations, Sarans!

[2013.12.1] The lab celebrates its five years anniversary.

[2013.11.14] Francis speaks in the Cornell University Biophysics Colloquium.
[2013.10.17] Francis speaks in the Microfluidics and Quantitative Biology Meeting at PKU.
[2013.10.4] Francis speaks in the Biology Department Seminar at the University of Winnipeg.

[2013.8.30] Richard is featured by Mitacs!
[2013.7.1] Welcome Richard and Rundi join the lab for summer research.

[2013.5.1] Welcome Iris and Chantal join the lab for summer research.

[2013.4.26] Multiple lab papers are accepted for journal publication.

[2013.3.8] Our lab's story is featured on the Faculty of Science website.


2012

[2012.12.10] Kanmani is awarded a Faculty of Science Scholarship. Saravanan is awarded the Duff Roblin fellowship. Congrats to both!
[2012.12.1] Four Year Anniversary of the lab. Congratulations to all!
[2012.11.1] Darlington presented his summer research project in the 2012 Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition at the University of Mantioba.
[2012.8.31] Our paper led by two past summer undergraduate students, Nitin and Harman, on studying adipose-derived stem cells using microfluidic devices is accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip! Congratulations!
[2012.7.13] Welcome high school student Rundi joined the lab for summer research!.
[2012.7.7] Jing's paper on microfluidic device for studying cell migration in competing chemical gradient and electric field published in Biomicrofluidics is rated by the publisher as the Top 20 Most Read Articles in June 2012.
[2012.6.19] Francis presented in the TechConnect World 2012 in Santa Clara, California.
[2012.6.12] Jiandong is awarded the MHRC graduate fellowship. Congratulations!
[2012.6.12] Dan and Saravanan presented in the Manitoba Health Research Poster Competition.
[2012.6.8] Saravanan is awarded the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations!
[2012.5.31] Check out our tip on using a stacked microfluidic device for increasing experiment throughput published in Chips and Tips.
[2012.5.17] Jing successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis. Congratulations!
[2012.5.16] Jing's paper on microfluidic device for studying cell migration in competing chemical gradient and electric field is published in Biomicrofluidics. Congratulations! This paper is also selected for the June 1, 2012 issue of VirtualJournal of Biological Physics Research
[2012.5.9] Jiandong, Jing and Nitin presented in the Manitoba Materials Conference 2012, and Jiandong won the poster award for his project on the use of simple microfluidic devices for gradient generation and cell studies. Congratulations!
[2012.5.1] Welcome Darlington joined the lab for summer research!.
[2012.4.26] Ning won 2nd place for the BioGENEius Challenge in Eastern Ontario based on her stem cell project in the lab. Congratulations!
[2012.2.14] Congratulations to Saravanan for receiving the W.E. Muir Scholarship.
[2012.1.17] The lab received the supplement fund from NSERC for enhancing the support for early career researchers (ECRs).
[2012.1.4] Kanmani Natarajan joined the lab as a graduate student. Welcome!
[2012.1.1] New biophysics course is offered in the Winter 2012 term.


2011

[2011.12.1] Three Year Anniversary of the lab. Congratulations to all!
[2011.11.26] Nitin is featured in the Faculty of Science News for his summer research experience.
[2011.11.22] Congratulations to Saravanan for becoming a Ph.D. candidate!
[2011.9.1] Xun Wu joined the lab as a graduate student. Welcome!
[2011.8.24] Good luck to former lab members Xiuli, Harman and Ning for their further career development and schooling!
[2011.7.15] Jing's paper reviewing microfluidic devices for studying chemotaxis and electrotaxis published in Trends in Cell Biolog is rated by the publisher as Most Downloaded Article for the past 30 days.
[2011.7.11] Dan's chapter on cell migration for Comprehensive Biotechnology, 2nd edition (Elsevier) is in press.
[2011.7.7] Welcome new summer high school student Ning joined the lab!
[2011.7.2] Dan's paper modeling electrotaxis is accepted for publication in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. Congratulations!
[2011.7.1] Jiandong Wu joined the lab as a graduate student. Welcome!
[2011.6.17] Dan, Saravanan and Jing presented in the Prairie Infectious Immunology Network (PIIN) Meeting in Russell, MB.
[2011.6.14] Francis delivered an invited talk in the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress in St. John's, Newfoundland.
[2011.6.12] Suresh Neethirajan will join the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor in August 2011. Congratulations!
[2011.6.10] Francis, Dan and Saravanan presented in the Gordon Research Conference in Gradient Sensing and Directed Cell Migration in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.
[2011.6.2] Congratulations to Dan for receiving the MHRC postdoc fellowship.
[2011.5.9] Francis delivered an invited talk in the Annual Canadian National Proteomics Network Conference in Banff, Alberta.
[2011.5.5] Jing's paper on microfluidic devices for studying chemotaxis and electrotaxis is accepted for publication in leading review journal Trends in Cell Biology. Congratulations!
[2011.5.2] Nitin and Harman joined the lab for summer research. Welcome!
[2011.4.29] Congratulations to Saravanan for receiving the Travel Awards from both MICH and FGS to attend the upcoming Gordon Research Conference in Gradient Sensing and Directed Cell Migration and present his research.
[2011.4.21] Francis received the 2010 Rh Award in the Interdisciplinary category.
[2011.4.20] The paper reviewing microfluidics for agri-food and biosystems industries is rated as "Most Read Article" by Lab on a Chip.
[2011.4.10] Saravanan presented his research in the Canadian Society for Immunology annual meeting in Lake Louise, Alberta.
[2011.3.17] Book chapter on inflammatory cell electrotaxis is published by CRC Press!
[2011.3.17] Dan's paper on modeling cell migration in competing gradient fields is accepted for publication in PLoS ONE! Congratulations!
[2011.3.11] Congratulations to Dan for receiving the MICH Travel Fellowship to attend the upcoming Gordon Research Conference in Gradient Sensing and Directed Cell Migration and present her research.
[2011.3.7] Xiuli Ma joined the lab as a technician. Welcome!
[2011.3.1] Our paper reviewing microfluidics for agri-food and biosystems industries is accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip! Congratulations to Suresh and all other contributing authors!
[2011.2.22] Our paper reporting a novel combinatorial guiding mechanism for T cell migration and trafficking in secondary lymphoid tissues is accepted for publication in PLoS ONE! Congratulations!
[2011.2.11] Congratulations to Saravanan for receiving the CSI Annual Meeting Travel Award!
[2011.1.24] Our paper on T cell electrotaxis is accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip! Congratulations! (link)
[2011.1.4] The lab was awarded a grant from the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation.


2010

[2010.12.31] Sivakumar departed for Northwestern University for a senior research position. We wish him good luck!
[2010.12.25] Ling completed his 6 months visit in our lab and returned to China. We wish him good luck!
[2010.12.21] The lab was awarded a University Research Grant.
[2010.12.7] Kausik completed his postdoc fellowship in our lab. We wish him good luck for his future career!
[2010.12.1] Two Year Anniversary of the lab. Congratulations to all!
[2010.12.1] Francis is cross-appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology.
[2010.11.20] Nitin was selected to give an oral presentation on his summer research in our lab in the 1st Annual Undergraduate Life Sciences Research Conference. Congratulations!
[2010.11.5] Nitin presented his summer research in our lab in the 2010 Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition.

[2010.11.1] The lab was awarded a NSERC Engage Grant.
[2010.7.23] Kollawat successfully completed his summer internship in our lab and returned to Thailand for his final year of undergraduate study. Good Luck!
[2010.7.19] Francis delivered a Hot Topic Talk in the Gordon Research Conference in Bioelectrochemistry at the University of New England, Biddeford, ME.
[2010.7.7] Dr. Ling Zhu from Chinese Academy of Sciences joined the lab as a Visiting Scientist. Welcome!
[2010.7.1] Dr. Sivakumar Gajjeraman joined the lab as a research associate. Welcome!
[2010.6.21] The group attended the Prairie Infectious Immunology Network (PIIN) Meeting at Saskatoon, SK.
[2010.6.11] Dan and Jing presented in the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress in Toronto, ON.
[2010.6.4] Congratulations to Saravanan and Jing for receiving MHRC graduate student fellowships.
[2010.6.1] Saravanan and Jing presented in the Manitoba Student Health Research Poster Competition.

[2010.5.26] Francis joined Manitoba Institute of Child Health as a participating scientist.
[2010.5.17] Kollawat Somsri joined the lab as a visiting undergraduate student. Welcome!
[2010.5.3] Nitin Wadhawan joined the lab as a NSERC summer student. Welcome!
[2010.4.28] Saravanan and Francis presented in the Canadian Society for Immunology Annual Meeting in Niagara Falls, ON.
[2010.4.1] Suresh departed for Japan as a JSPS postdoc fellow at the National Food Research Institute. We wish him good luck!
[2010.1.13] The lab received financial assistance from CMC Microsystems for developing new microfluidic devices.


2009

[2009.12.16] Research infrastructure funded by CFI for analyzing immune cell trafficking in vitro and in vivo.
[2009.12.15] Congratulations to Jing for receiving a two-year graduate fellowship from the Faculty of Science!
[2009.12.10] Dr. Kausik Paul joined the lab as a postdoc fellow. Welcome!
[2009.12.1] One-Year Anniversary of the Lab. Congratulations to All !
[2009.11.28] Francis spoke about science research to high school students and teachers in the Physics and Astronomy Day.
[2009.10.14] Funded by CIHR, the lab joined a nation-wide research team to study the mechanisms of infections and immune responses associated with H1N1 virus.
[2009.10.3] New microfluidics course is offered in Winter 2010.
[2009.10.1] Dr. Dan Wu joined the lab as a postdoc fellow. Welcome!
[2009.8.14] Duangroedee successfully completed her summer internship in our lab and returned to Thailand for her final year of undergraduate study. Good Luck!
[2009.7.27] The lab was awarded an Operating Grant from the Manitoba Health Research Council.
[2009.7.6] The lab was awarded an Establishment Grant from the Manitoba Health Research Council.
[2009.7.1] Jing joined the lab as a M.Sc. student. Welcome!
[2009.6.9] Francis delivered a contributed talk in the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress in Moncton, New Brunswick.
[2009.6.1] Duangroedee from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, joined the lab as a summer visiting student. Welcome!
[2009.5.29] Francis' paper is published in Methods in Enzymology, Vol. 461, Ch. 15.
[2009.5.1] Saravanan joined the lab as a Ph.D. student. Welcome!
[2009.4.17] Francis was awarded a NSERC Discovery Grant for studying immune cell chemotaxis.

Apr. 4, 2009
[2009.4.4] Francis presented in the Canadian Society for Immunology Annual Conference in Whistler Village, B.C..

Mar. 31, 2009
[2009.3.31] Francis presented the immune cell electrotaxis study in the Gordon Research Conference in Galveston, Texas.
[2009.1.1] Francis has been appointed as an Assistant Professor (cross appointment) in the Department of Biological Sciences.


2008

[2008.12.15] Francis' paper is published in The Journal of Immunology, 181(12), 8335-43.
[2008.12.15] Francis was awarded a University Research Grant to study immune cell migration using microfluidic devices.
[2008.12.1] Francis has been appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering.
[2008.12.1] Inauguration of the lab.