16-18 March


First two day: Modulab, Bucharest

Last day: Platform for Research on Systemic Biology and Ecology, Bucharest

Details about the Workshop

Bringing together people from two worlds, those with biochemistry/biology knowledge and those with engineering skills, the OpenDrop workshop aims to encourage the multidisciplinary scene in Bucharest and foster collaboration between people from different fields of study. More precisely, the workshop will bring together several teams formed of scientists and engineers, which under the guidance of Dr. Mirela Alistar will construct and later test some interactive systems based on DIY digital microfluidic biochips. At the end of the workshop, these Arduino-compatible OpenDrop devices, will be used to manipulate droplets or fluids in order to automate some simple biochemical processes.

Details about the Opentalk

As part of the OpenDrop Workshop (www.modulab.ro/opendrop-workshop/), OpenTalk is a public lecture aimed to shed light on the importance of multidisciplinary approaches in healthcare innovation. Covering topics such as ubiquitous healthcare, diagnosis processes closer to patients and automated practices in research, OpenTalk is an environment meant to debate the impact of Personal Biochips.

Workshop Registration

For more details about the workshop (and registration), see: http://www.modulab.ro/opendrop-workshop/

Opentalk Registration

For more details about OpenTalk (and registration), see: www.modulab.ro/opentalk-personal-biochips/

Trainer and speaker

Dr. Mirela Alistar is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, after having completed a fellowship program at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. In 2014, Mirela received her PhD in computer engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, where she worked on system-level design of embedded systems with a special focus on digital microfluidic biochips. In her research, Mirela investigates the extent to which can we change healthcare to make it a personal process. So far, Mirela has built systems based on biochips to serve as personal laboratories: small portable devices that people can own and use to develop customized bio-protocols (“bio-apps”).