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Image Guided Autonomous Optical Manipulation of Cell Groups

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National Science Foundation

Description 

Professor S.K. Gupta (ME/ISR) is the principal investigator for a three-year, $550K National Science Foundation grant, “Image Guided Autonomous Optical Manipulation of Cell Groups.” Associate Professor Wolfgang Losert (Physics) is the co-PI. The research team will create a computational foundation, methods, and tools for efficient and autonomous optical micromanipulation using microsphere ensembles as grippers. This system will make use of a holographic optical tweezer, which uses multiple focused optical traps to position microspheres in three-dimensional space.