Biography

Dr. Jens Ducrée holds a Full Professorship of Microsystems in the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU). He is the founding director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems at DCU – a joint initiative by Science Foundation Ireland and Frauhofer Gesellschaft – and a principal investigator for Microfluidic Platforms at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI). Dr. Ducrée is also academic member of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the 3U Joint Institute of Global Health (JIGH).
The main part of his research is directed towards novel microfluidic platforms and associated actuation, detection, fabrication and instrumentation technologies for the integration, automation, miniaturization and parallelization of sample preparation and detection of bioanalytical assays (e.g. immunoassays, nucleic acid testing, general chemistry and cell counting). Typical applications are sample-to-answer systems for biomedical point-of-care and global diagnostics, liquid handling automation for the life sciences (e.g. concentration / purification and amplification of DNA / RNA from a range of biosamples), monitoring the environment, infrastructure and agrifood.
Dr. Jens Ducrée has a master’s and PhD in Physics. Before joining DCU as an Associate Professor in 2008, Dr. Ducrée founded and led the groups ”Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies” and the ”Lab-on-a-Chip Foundry Service” at the HSG-IMIT (now Hahn-Schickard) in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Since 2005 he was also a member of faculty at the world renowned Institute for Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
Dr. Ducrée has published 343 peer-reviewed contributions to the research community, amongst them 95 papers in mostly top-quartile journals of the field (72 senior authored), presented 293 times at various events (thereof 114 times at all major international conferences, 30 times upon invitation plus 134 and 15 times at other meetings and seminars, respectively) in the field of microsystems and microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies, and authored 11 reviews, 4 books / theses and 17 book chapters, among them the best-selling market study ”FlowMap - Microfluidics Roadmap for the Life Sciences”. His latest h-index at Google Scholar is 37. Dr. Ducrée is presently a member of several program or executive committees and general chair of the International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (?TAS 2016) in Dublin (Ireland) and the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2018) in Belfast (Northern Ireland). Dr. Ducrée is editorial board member of the scientific journal Nature Microsystems & Nanoengineering. In 2006 he received the FAM-award for excellence of scientific achievements in Microsystems Technology from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and was named the President’s Researcher of the Year at Dublin City University (Ireland) in 2016.
His application-focused approach is documented by an intellectual property portfolio comprising of 20 granted patents and 55 filings, and an extended track record of successful collaborative RTD projects with industrial and leading-edge academic partners.
Dr. Ducrée has so far supervised 26 postdoctoral researchers, 13 PhD, 43 directly plus 9 externally co-supervised MSc and 30 BSc students as well as 73 local and international undergraduates. His current team currently comprises of 5 postdoctoral and 1 postgraduate students plus technical staff and a cohort of undergraduates and interns. Several prestigious awards, e.g. the “IOPI Rosse Medal”, the “Thesis in 3”, “Tell It Straight”, and the “MicroTAS 2015 Video Competition”, were received by group members.
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Primary Affiliation: Dublin City University - Glasnevin, Dublin 9 , Ireland

Specialties: microfluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip

Research Interests: microfluidic platforms for high-level process integration and automation in medicine and the life sciences

Education
  • 2006
    Habilitation University of Freiburg
  • 1999
    PhD University of Münster
  • 1996
    MSc University of Münster
Relevant Experience
  • 2017
    Fraunhofer Project Centre at DCU Founding Director
  • 2016
    DCU Researcher of the Year Professor
  • 2014
    Dublin City University Full Professor
  • 2008
    Dublin City University Associate Professor
  • 2008
    Dublin City University Associate Professor
  • 2005
    Hahn-Schickard Group Leader
  • 2005
    Hahn-Schickard Group Leader
  • 2005
    Hahn-Schickard Group Leader
  • 1999
    University of Freiburg Assistant Professor
  • 1999
    University of Freiburg Assistant Professor
  • 1999
    University of Freiburg Assistant Professor
  • 1999
    University of Freiburg Assistant Professor

Publications

Rapid, culture-independent, optical diagnostics of centrifugally captured bacteria from urine samples.
Biomicrofluidics 2015 Jul 11;9(4):044118. Epub 2015 Aug 11.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre of Sensor Research, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University , Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.

Label-free impedance detection of cancer cells from whole blood on an integrated centrifugal microfluidic platform.
Biosens Bioelectron 2015 Jun 30;68:382-9. Epub 2014 Dec 30.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Center for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Ireland; School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland. Electronic address:

Real-time monitoring of cell migration, phagocytosis and cell surface receptor dynamics using a novel, live-cell opto-microfluidic technique.
Anal Chim Acta 2015 May 26;872:95-9. Epub 2014 Dec 26.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland; School of Physical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland. Electronic address:

Rapid and cost-efficient enumeration of rare cancer cells from whole blood by low-loss centrifugo-magnetophoretic purification under stopped-flow conditions.
Cytometry A 2015 Jan 12;87(1):74-80. Epub 2014 Nov 12.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre of Sensor Research, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.

Centrifugo-Magnetophoretic Purification of CD4+ Cells from Whole Blood Toward Future HIV/AIDS Point-of-Care Applications.
J Lab Autom 2014 Jun 20;19(3):285-96. Epub 2013 Sep 20.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland

A portable centrifugal analyser for liver function screening.
Biosens Bioelectron 2014 Jun 27;56:352-8. Epub 2014 Jan 27.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Ireland; School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland.

Fluidic automation of nitrate and nitrite bioassays in whole blood by dissolvable-film based centrifugo-pneumatic actuation.
Sensors (Basel) 2013 Aug 26;13(9):11336-49. Epub 2013 Aug 26.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.


A hybrid microfluidic platform for cell-based assays via diffusive and convective trans-membrane perfusion.
Biomicrofluidics 2013 8;7(3):34101. Epub 2013 May 8.
School of Physical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland ; Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.



Centrifugal microfluidics for cell analysis.
Curr Opin Chem Biol 2012 Aug 9;16(3-4):409-14. Epub 2012 Jul 9.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Ireland.

Array-based capture, distribution, counting and multiplexed assaying of beads on a centrifugal microfluidic platform.
Lab Chip 2012 Apr 15;12(7):1289-95. Epub 2012 Feb 15.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.


Manufacture of chitosan microbeads using centrifugally driven flow of gel-forming solutions through a polymeric micronozzle.
J Colloid Interface Sci 2009 Aug 14;336(2):634-41. Epub 2009 Apr 14.
HSG-IMIT-Institute for Micromachining and Information Technology, Wilhelm-Schickard-Strasse 10, D-78052 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

Aggregation of bead-monolayers in flat microfluidic chambers - simulation by the model of porous media.
Lab Chip 2004 Jun 9;4(3):209-13. Epub 2004 Feb 9.
IMTEK - Institute of Microsystem Technology, Lab for MEMS Applications, University of Freiburg, Georges-Koehler-Allee 103, D-79110 Freiburg, Germany.

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