Year of Publication

2013

Degree Name

Master of Chemical Engineering (MChE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Chemical and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Kimberly Anderson

Abstract

Systemic inflammation involves a complex array of cytokines that can result in organ dysfunction. Mortality remains high despite the vast amount of research conducted to find an effective biomarker. The cause of systemic inflammation can be broad and non-specific; therefore, this research investigates using transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurements to better define systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)/sepsis within a patient. Results show a difference in TEER measurements between healthy individuals and SIRS-rated patients. This research also displays correlations between TEER measurements and biomarkers currently studied with systemic inflammation (tumor necrosis factor-α, C- reactive protein, procalcitonin). Furthermore, this research also presents the groundwork for developing a microfluidic cell-based biosensor using low temperature co-fired ceramic materials. An LTCC TEER-based microfluidic device has the potential to aid in a more effective treatment strategy for patients and potentially save lives.

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