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Assistant Professor Allen Garner Granted Patent

V. B. Neculaes, K.R. Conway, A.L. Garner, E. R. Loghin, S. Yazdanfar, D.V. Dylov, B. M. Davis, C. Joo, "Optical Based Delivery of Exogenous Molecules to Cells," U.S. Patent No. 8,778,682 B2 (issued July 15, 2014). 


Unlike normal laser-based methods of delivering molecules to biological cells, which use high power densities to puncture holes in a single cell, this patent describes a novel laser-based method that delivers molecules to multiple cells simultaneously with lower power density.  This design could provide a higher throughput for optically guided molecular delivery with improved cell viability.