Rooney Family Associate Professor of Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
Professor Go leads a diverse group of researchers that explore areas ranging from the fundamentals of low-temperature plasma science to the development of new techniques for chemical and biochemical analysis. In particular, he is focused on the
development of new chemical analysis techniques to address a number of biomedical challenges - from the early-stage detection of cancer to drug development and monitoring. As part of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, Professor Go is collaborating with Professor Reginald Hill and Professor Hseuh-Chia Chang on the development of a microfluidic device to rapidly isolate, detect, and quantify microvesicles and exosomes and the mRNA and miRNA they carry. The team hypothesizes that these microvesicles and exosomes serve as primary indicators of pancreatic cancer and that understanding the expression of miRNA and mRNA will help us better understand the development and progression of pancreatic cancer. Microfluidics offer the power of conducting these three sample handling stages - separation, detection, quantification - rapidly, in order to increase analysis throughput and minimize the required sample.