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    New role of microfluidics - An HIV diagnostics revolution

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    Frederick Balagadde, PhD

    Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Dr. Frederick Balagadde is currently a research scientist in the Engineering Technologies Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. He earned his Masters and PhD in applied physics in 2007 from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He attended high school at King’s College Budo in central Uganda. Having been ranked the best student in the 1996 'O' level examinations – the nation-wide, ten-subject-based equivalent of the SATs by the Ministry of Education – he enrolled into Manchester College in Indiana, USA, where he received his B.A. in Physics and Computer Science in 2001. As a graduate student at Caltech and Stanford University, Frederick invented the micro-chemostat: a first-of-its-kind microfabricated fluidic chip that mimics a biological cell culture environment in a highly complex web of tiny pumps and human-hair-sized water hoses, all controlled by a multi-tasking computer. Frederick’s pioneering research has attracted significant interest in the scientific community, including a publication in Science Magazine, several invited talks at prestigious conferences internationally, and was even aired on National Public Radio.