Intro to Microfluidics Course

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Introduction to Microfluidics Technology

Brandeis MRSEC Summer Course

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Registration for the annual one-week summer course, Introduction to Microfluidics Technology, at Brandeis University near Boston, MA is closed. Registration will open again in the spring of 2021.

Introduction to Microfluidics Technology is a hands-on laboratory course sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Bioinspired Soft Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Brandeis. The course is intended for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and industrial scientists/engineers interested in utilizing microfluidic technology in their work, both in the physical and life sciences.

The $900 fee covers course tuition, housing and light refreshments (breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks) from Sunday through Friday. Local students who do not need housing will pay a reduced fee of $700.

Housing Information

Students will be staying in the Brandeis Faculty Lodge. Please note that most accommodations will be shared housing (with another student) and that in some rooms, the second bed is a comfortable pull-out couch in a private room. You will be told more information about your room the week before the course.


Registration opens in the spring of each year.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and suitable students will be admitted as selected throughout the months of March and April. If you need housing, please register in advance because on-campus accommodation is limited, and rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Course Overview

This course will introduce participants to the microfabrication technologies needed to build microfluidic devices for industry, governmental, and academic applications. Over five sessions, participants will engage in hands-on, independent experimentation on microfluidic systems. Participants will learn how to design devices by studying the basics of laminar flow, surface tension, wetting phenomena, and molecular diffusion.

By the end of the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge to design and build microfluidic devices for their own research projects. All attendees will have individual consultations with experts in the field and work on their own autocad design. Participants are expected to possess a background in quantitative science. Experience working in a chemistry wet lab is preferable but not essential.

To read about the experiences of one participant, see 2019 MRSEC Microfluidics summer course

If you have questions about the course or about the application process, please email the Microfluidics Course Co-Instructor, Alexander Hensley (

Images from past summer sessions:

Microfluidics course 2018

Microfluidics course 2017