In recent years, there has been increasing use of time-varying electric fields to manipulate the behavior of biological cells. Common applications include electroporation, where cell membrane porosity is increased, allowing delivery of pharmaceutical compounds and/or genetic material to the cell interior. The US Air Force Research Labs (USAFRL) needs a method to detect the specific temporal, spatial, and amplitude characteristics of the electric field delivered to cells under study.
Nanohmics is working with a team of scientists at the AFRL to develop a transducer array that can be placed under the cellular plate that will read out spatial distribution and magnitude of the applied electric field.
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Comparisons of biological response results are questionable without detailed knowledge of the electric field exposure. The Nanohmics device would provide a means to directly measure the electric field applied to the biological system. This technology would be the first of its kind in the field of “bioelectrics”, or - the analysis of how biological systems respond to nanosecond pulsed electric fields.