Skin-Interfaced Wearable Sweat Biosensors for Personalized Healthcare
The rising research interest in personalized medicine promises to revolutionize traditional medical practices. This presents a tremendous opportunity for developing wearable devices toward predictive analytics and treatment. In this talk, I will introduce our recent advances in developing fully-integrated skin-interfaced flexible biosensors for non-invasive molecular analysis. Such wearable biosensors can continuously, selectively, and accurately measure a wide spectrum of sweat analytes including metabolites, electrolytes, hormones, drugs, and other small molecules. These devices also allow us to gain real-time insight into the sweat secretion and gland physiology. The clinical value of our wearable sensing platforms is evaluated through multiple human studies involving both healthy and patient populations toward physiological monitoring, disease diagnosis, and drug monitoring. This talk will also feature our very recent works on laser-engraved lab on the skin and biofuel powered battery-free electronic skin toward metabolic/nutritional management as well as dynamic stress monitoring. These wearable and flexible devices could open the door to a wide range of personalized monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications.
Wei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering in Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. Originally from China, he earned his BS in mechanical engineering at Huazhong University of Science & Technology and his master’s in precision instruments from Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at University of California, San Diego in 2014 as a Jacobs Fellow and HHMI International Student Research Fellow. In 2014-2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
He a recipient of IEEE Sensor Council Technical Achievement Award, Sensors Young Investigator Award, MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Global List (TR35) and ACS Young Investigator Award (Division of Inorganic Chemistry). He is also a member of Global Young Academy and ACS Nano Junior Fellow. His research interests include wearable devices, biosensors, flexible electronics, micro/nanorobotics, and nanomedicine. He has authored 100 publications in these fields and his articles have been cited more than 11,500 times (h-index: 56) as of April 2020. His work has been covered in a number of media worldwide including Nature, Science, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Fortune, The Economist, Washington Post, NBC News, Discovery News, BBC News, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Times, LA Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Fox News, Xinhua, Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, etc.
高伟教授现为加州理工学院医学工程系助理教授，2007年本科毕业于华中科技大学机械学院，2009年于清华大学精密仪器系获得硕士学位，2014年从加州大学圣地亚哥分校获得化学工程博士学位，并获得Jacobs Fellowship与HHMI International Student Research Fellowship的资助。2014年至2017年期间，在加州大学伯克利分校电子工程与计算科学系开展博士后工作研究。
高伟教授曾获评国际电气与电子工程师协会(IEEE)传感器理事会技术成就奖、美国化学学会(ACS)青年研究员奖等诸多奖项，入选麻省理工技术评论TR35全球榜单，并被选为全球青年学院会员与美国化学学会期刊ACS Nano的Junior Fellow。他的研究方向包括可穿戴设备、生物传感器、柔性电子、微纳机器人与纳米医学等。在相关领域发表学术论文近百篇，论文总引用次数超过11500次，H因子为56，相关工作被自然，科学，纽约时报，时代周刊，华尔街日报，经济学人，新闻周刊，财富，新华网等世界范围内多家知名媒体广泛报道。