Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Engineering - Biochemical Engineering


Biomedical and General Engineering


College of Engineering


Benjamin Hawkins

Advisor Department

Biomedical and General Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


The goal of this study is to design a protocol for the adherent cell culture within a novel microfluidic device. Microscale cell culture protocols were developed for loading cells using poly-L-lysine to enhance adherent cell culture of murine derived NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. This work sought to develop a method for adherent microculture by examining various sterilization, surface treatment, and seeding techniques. Using a vacuum suction loading technique, air plasma treatment and a poly-L-lysine surface treatment adherent cell culture was observed within the device. The work presented here is part of a collaborative effort that aims to develop protocols for the electrical and optical characterization of cell culture within a novel microfluidic device.