Katrina Burgos | July 14, 2014
Diagnostic tools for cancer are usually costly and time consuming. For aggressive cancers, patients cannot afford to wait. Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest mortality rates of any cancer due to the lack of early detection methods.
Daniel Taller, an Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate, is working to develop a novel diagnostic technology for pancreatic cancer. As an engineer, Taller can approach the diagnostic problem from a microfluidics standpoint. Microfluidics is an up-and-coming research field in cancer research because of its focus on fluids on the sub-millimeter scale. This allows the possibility of immediate diagnostic tests.