Researchers target white-blood-cell counting and astrocyte studies (Evaluation Engineering)


KENNESAW, Ga. (May 24, 2018) — Cells have caught the attention of electrical-engineering and neuroscience researchers recently. One team has been investigating an efficient, inexpensive way to count white blood cells, and another has focused on astrocytes, star-shaped brain cells believed to play a role in neurological disorders like Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease.

First, Hoseon Lee, an assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University, has been researching ways for patients to monitor their white-blood-cell count without relying on flow cytometry, which generally requires bulky, expensive equipment and frequent, inconvenient trips to a hospital.

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