Étudiant-chercheur étoile October 2017

Olanrewaju Ayokunle

PhD student in Biomedical Engineering
McGill University

Award-winning publication: Microfluidic Capillaric Circuit for Rapid and Facile Bacteria Detection

Published in: Analytical Chemistry


More than 50% of women have had a urinary tract infection by the age of 32. Conventional diagnosis based on bacterial culture can take up to 48 hours. In an effort to reduce the wait time, Olanrewaju Ayokunle and his team have developed a microfluidic capillaric circuit to perform rapid and automated medical tests by delivering reagents without external pumps, using only surface tension forces. The system is fabricated using 3D-printed molds and can detect bacteria in urine in under seven minutes, which will improve patient care and reduce costs to the health system.