Joel Tyson

Chemical Engineering

Area of Doctoral Study: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate Institute: UMBC

Research Advisor: Govind Rao, Ph.D.

Description of Research

My current work is in applying low-cost, multimodal analytics, similar to those used in biopharmaceutical process development, to lab-on-a-chip cell culture models. I am particularly interested in applying microfluidics-driven analytics to investigations of cellular mechanisms of ischemic stroke using brain organoids. In addition, I am working to develop a noninvasive transdermal blood-gas sensor, using the same fundamental sensing methods, that would be continuously wearable. The continuous monitoring of carbon dioxide in adults has application in monitoring opioid overdose, asthma, and COPD. In premature neonates, a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide is crucial for proper brain development.