INiTS Award 2016 for joint TUW cellchipgroup and BOKU research on microfluidic cell phenotyping

posted Nov 20, 2016, 2:56 PM by Marimoto r

At this year's INiTS award 2016, research that was conducted between BOKU and the cellchipgroup at the Vienna University of Technology on the integration of intelligent protein-based surface coatings in diagnostic microfluidic systems (so-called Lab-on-a-Chip systems) was awareded 2nd place. We gratulate our colleague Martin Frauenlob who has recently left us for a PhD programme at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.


The cellchipgroup moved to the Vienna University of Technology!

posted May 3, 2016, 5:21 AM by Marimoto r

The cellchipgroup moved to the Vienna University of Technology as cooperative research group between the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry (IAS) and the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics with Peter as Professor for Lab-on-a-Chip Systems in Bioscience Technlogies.

Atlas of Science online article on microfluidic live-cell microarrays

posted Jan 13, 2016, 7:02 AM by Marimoto r

We are happy about an online article on "Microfluidic live-cell microarrays" on the Atlas of Science platform published January 11th. 
Focus this time was more on bigger pictures and intelligibility than on detailed research and concepts.   

Back Cover in the recent Lab-on-a-Chip Journal Issue 24

posted Nov 10, 2015, 7:31 AM by Marimoto r

Our work on multi-layered, membrane- integrated organ-on-a-chip fabrication has been selected to feature on the inside back cover of Issue 24 2015 of Lab on a Chip.

New Grant: 'EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research'

posted Oct 29, 2015, 8:17 AM by Marimoto r   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 10:44 AM ]

We are happy to announce that we received a grant from the  EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), which is the largest global research initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of neurodegenerative diseases. JPND aims to increase coordinated investment between participating countries in research aimed at finding causes, developing cures, and identifying appropriate ways to care for those with neurodegenerative diseases.

Update from the review and book front

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:52 AM by Marimoto r

2015 was a busy yet successful year for the cellchipgroup so far with recently published review articles on recent advances on live-cell microarrays, hydrogel-based microfluidics for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and lab-on-a-chip microsystems for quality control. In addition, we could also contribute with two bookchapters on our topic of choice - the cell chips!  


  • Chapter in 'Organs-On-A-Chip - Applications for Disease Modeling, Drug Discovery and Personalized Medicine', edited by Dr. Anthony Atala and Dr. Sean Murphy, to be published by CRC Press
  • Chapter in "Microarray Technology and its Applications" edited by Dr. Paul Li and Lin Wang (book editors), and Dr. John M. Walker (series editor) in Methods in Molecular Biology" (ISSN: 1064-3745) by Springer-Verlag GmbH.

Lab on a Chip - Ooops, we did it again!

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:24 AM by Marimoto r

Our work on thermoset microfabrication for micropumps and cell-based chips was accepted recently in Lab on a Chip!

'Multi-layered, membrane-integrated microfluidics based on replica molding of a thiol-ene epoxy thermoset for Organ-on-a-Chip applications' Lab Chip, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5LC01028D

Webinar on LoC

posted Sep 10, 2015, 10:43 AM by David Wartmann

15th October 2015 - 3 PM (BST) / 4 PM (CEST) / 10 AM (EDT)

In this webinar, Peter Ertl, Senior Scientist, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH will discuss the use of microvalves, micropumps, degassers and sensing systems for lab-on-a-chip applications and their potential for automated, miniaturized and integrated multilevel cell analysis.

Microfluidics is vital for cell analysis because it is the only technology capable of simulating the physiological environment of cells and cell assemblies to investigate cellular transport mechanisms and cell proliferation events in the presence of test reagents, temperature or shear force gradients.

In light of the benefits of microfluidics, my research group at AIT is developing lab-on-a-chip systems containing integrated fluid handling, degassing and biosensing systems to non-invasively monitor dynamic cell population responses.

We have successfully integrated different electro-analytical, magnetic and optical detection methods in microfluidic devices to assess the behaviour of structured 3-dimensional Candida biofilms, monitor dynamic stress responses of mammalian cell populations and and to detect cell-to-cell and cell-to-matrix interactions.

To attend the webinar please register for free here

Grant funding for new project

posted Jul 22, 2015, 11:53 AM by David Wartmann

 Our project “Next generation luminescence upconversion nanomaterials for bioimaging with approved nanosafety by microfluidic cell assays” has recently been approved funding by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) for the extend of three years in collaboration with our project-partner at the Technical University Graz (lead), Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT), The University of Shanghai and Kdg Opticomp.

Placenta-on-chip in the news

posted Jul 22, 2015, 11:42 AM by David Wartmann   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 9:12 AM ]

Peter Ertl was recently interviewed by the Italian press concerning the placenta-on-chip project. The interview can be found at and at, full text available upon request.

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