Congratulations to Dr. Fiser, who was recently awarded her second U.S. patent in the area of biophysics. This patent focuses on work she has done to help facilitate measurements of the properties of fluids in the human body (e.g., how well a patient’s blood is clotting). You can read the patent title and abstract below.
“Methods and systems for using actuated surface-attached posts for assessing biofluid rheology” U.S Patent Number: 9238869
Methods, systems, and computer readable media for using actuated surface-attached posts for assessing biofluid rheology are disclosed. According to one aspect, a method for testing properties of a biofluid specimen includes placing the specimen onto a micropost array having a plurality of microposts extending outwards from a substrate, wherein each micropost includes a proximal end attached to the substrate and a distal end opposite the proximal end, and generating an actuation force in proximity to the micropost array to actuate the microposts, thereby compelling at least some of the microposts to exhibit motion. The method further includes measuring the motion of at least one of the microposts in response to the actuation force and determining a property of the specimen based on the measured motion of the at least one micropost.