Raquel´s PhD secondment at Trinity College Dublin

First publication date: 23/05/2024

Raquel at Dr. Delaney’s group laboratory

Raquel Catalán has started an exciting journey for her PhD international stay at the renowned Trinity College Dublin in Irleand under the supervision of Dr. Colm Delaney. During her stay, she will collaborate to characterise cellulose polymers obtained by the two-photon lithography technique to push the boundaries of 3D printing at the nanoscale and to incorporate this new technique into her microfluidic devices for environmental analysis.

Collaboration with the Universidad Publica de Navarra (UPNA)

First publication date: 23/05/2024

Top panel: Working team (from right to left): Pablo Zubiate, Sukayna Ezkerro, Raquel Catalan, Melanys Benitez and Nicolas Nazar. Bottom panel: detection setup based on Lossy Mode Resonances (LMRs) in a microfluidic cell.

On the 8th of May, a team from the Universidad Publica de Navarra, (Institute of Smart Cities / Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Dept.) visited the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU’s facilities.

We are developing a detection system for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEFG) utilizing Gold Nanoparticles and an integrated optical system based on Lossy Mode Resonances (LMRs) in a microfluidic cell.

We are truly looking forward to following up on this collaboration!!

Congratulation Daniel! your manuscript published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry

First publication date: 15/05/2024

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Many congratulation to Daniel!

His manuscript entitled Spatial and Temporal Detection of Root Exudates with a Paper-based Microfluidic Device by D. Patko, U. B. Gunatilake, B. Gonzalez-Gaya, L. X. Dupuy, L. Basabe-Desmonts and F. Benito-Lopez has been just published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry IF: 9.7, 2022 Q1 95.9 % (Soil Science).

The manuscript describes a paper-based microfluidic device with integrated colorimetric sensors for the continuous extraction and analysis of root exudates along plant roots and it is one of the mayor outputs from his Marie Skłodowska-Curie  fellowship RhizoSheet Grant agreement ID: 101028242.

Fernando at the thesis evaluation of Pooya Azizian, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

First publication date: 24/04/2024


Fernando visited the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya to participate as evaluator of the thesis by Pooya Azizian.


Congratulations Dr. Azizian! Great Thesis

Thanks to the directors: Prof. Dr. Jasmina Casals Terre,  Dr. Joan Marc Cabot Canyelles, Dr. Jordi Ricart and Dr. Adrian Ortega for the kind invitation.

Welcome to the team Gamalier!

First publication date: 19/04/2024


We are all very happy to welcome a new member of the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU.

Gamalier Casado, original from Dominican Republic, has joined our team to do his PhD. He is a Medical Doctor from Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), which studied a Master´s degree in Advanced Immunology specializations in Medical Immunology at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Autonomous University Barcelona (UAB). He will be working on the CellStudio Platform.


Welcome Nerea Zhang: Professional training Student

First publication date: 20/03/2024

PreDeSTom Team (part or it, from left to right): Nicolas Nazar, Xabier Arciniega, Stefania Pellegrini and Nerea Zhang. Rest of the team: Lourdes Basabe, Fernando Benito and Enrique Azuaje.

The Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU welcomes Nerea Zhang. She is a Practice Student from CESA Institute, specifically in the Pathological Anatomy and Cytopathology Professional Training Specialization. Nerea will work during the next 11 weeks within the framework of the PreDeSTom project, gaining experience in determining molecular mediators of responses to various environmental stressors, using DNAzyme and RNAzyme technologies.

Welcome Nerea, we wish you have a nice stay while learning about this technologies!

QEETOF Project, Kickoff meeting

First publication date: 19/03/2024

QEETOF Team (from left to right): Fernando Benito, Joel Villatoro, Sukayna Ezquerro, Lourdes Basabe, Nicolas Nazar, Concepción Alonso and Lucero Herández

Today, March 18, 2024, we have carried out the scientific kickoff meeting for the QEETOF project: Quantum-Based Optical Fiber Device for Drug Development, funded under the Convocatoria 2023 – Proyectos Prueba de Concepto  (Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación).

The event took place at the Lucio Lascaray building of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Professor Ikerbasque Lourdes Basabe gave an initial presentation on the scope and objectives of the project, followed by Professor Concepción Alonso and Professor Ikerbasque Joel Villatoro, who described the work packages together with the PhD students involved in the project: Sukayna Ezquerro and Lucero Hernandez. Finally, Researcher Nicolas Nazar and Professor Fernando Benito concluded the meeting by outlining the project milestones and key deliverables.

We envisage a great time ahead until the end of 2025!

“Financiado por la Unión Europea – NextGenerationEU”. PDC2023-145917-I00 / AEI / 10.13039/501100011033

Emilio, finalists Challenge Universitario 2023 - 2024, at Fundación Repsol

First publication date: 08/03/2024

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Many congratulations Emilio, TFM at the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU, Raquel López Robles and Mario Escribano Elorriaga, they are finalists with their project "GreenDrive Innovation", of the Challenge Universitario de la Fundación Repsol.

They will fight for the first position next 8 and 9 of March in Madrid.

Best of luck! sure you will do great!

GreenDrive Innovations - Catalizando nuestro futuro: uso de catalizadores para controlar la longitud de las cadenas de eFuels


Visit to the laboratories of Prof. Joel Villatoro

First publication date: 18/03/2024


The 23rd of February the "Fibers" team of the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU had the pleasure of visiting the laboratories of Prof. Joel Villatoro at Engineering Faculty of UPV/EHU.

It was a great opportunity to discuss about new ideas and projects.

Thanks for hosting us!


Congratulations Isabel for your Predoctoral Research Grant from Basque Country

First publication date: 08/03/2024


Isabel got awarded the 4-years long Basque Country Predoctoral Research Grant at the University of the Basque Country.

She will continue her doctoral thesis in the Development of a microfluidic devices for the naked eye detection of date-rape drugs in beverages.

Juncal presented "La ciencia en tus manos" at the Bertendona High School (Bilbao)

First publication date: 08/03/2024


Last Friday 1st of March, with the aim of bringing the world of research closer to 1st and 2nd year Secondary School students, Juncal Alonso-Cabrera gave a talk about what means to be a scientist and to work in microfluidics at the Bertendona High School (Bilbao).

Second Synergies in Lascaray Event:: joining forces with the Cell Biology and Histology Department

First publication date: 08/03/2024


The UPV/EHU Microfluidics Cluster and the Department of Cell Biology and Histology joined in two sessions in which the research lines of each group were presented in order to share knowledge and create new synergies.

What an event!! Looking forward to start working together.

Congratulations Enrique on his new Postdoctoral Position at Trinity College Dublin!

First publication date: 08/03/2024


Enrique got awarded the 4-years long Basque Country Postdoctoral Research Grant, in collaboration between the University of the Basque Country and Trinity College Dublin. For two years, Enrique will be settled in Dublin under the supervision of Professors Larisa Florea and Colm Delaney. He will be part of a project that combines nanostructuration, cellulose and DNA-sensors for next-gen biosensing.

Congratulations Enrique!

Congratulations Jon! New article in PLOS ONE!

First publication date: 28/02/2024

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Congratulations to Jon and the rest of the team for this new publication entitled: "Method to obtain a plasma rich in platelet-and plasma-growth factors based on water evaporation" in PLOS ONE Journal. (IF: 3.7)

The paper describes a novel Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) preparation method to obtain a PRP rich in both platelet and plasma extraplatelet molecules. The method is based on the evaporation of the water of the plasma using a rotary evaporator. With this new methodology an increase in plasmatic growth factors and, as a consequence, a better dermal fibroblast cell viability was achieved, compared to a standard PRP formulation. This novel PRP product obtained with this new methodology showed promising results in vitro as an improved PRP treatment in future application.

Seminar by Ikerbasque Prof. Jose Amigo

First publication date: 22/02/2024


Last Tuesday, 20th of February, Ikerbasque Prof. Jose Amigo give a Seminar at Lascaray Research Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz entitled: Applications of Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imaging Techniques.

It was a great opportunity to know about the work of Prof. Amigo and to set new collaborations between IBEA group and the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU.

Thanks for your visit!

First Synergies in Lascaray Event, with NanoBioCell group

First publication date: 13/02/2024

Lourdes and Fernando presenting during the event

On Tuesday 6th of February the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU had its First Synergies in Lascaray Event with NanoBioCell group. It was a great opportunity for both groups to interact and find synergies for collaboration.

It was a tide schedule with many talls and discussion time!

Here the schedule of the event:


10.00 - 10.15  Wellcome - Jose Luis & Lourdes

10.15 - 10.30  Talk NanoBioCel 1 - Gustavo Puras - Title: “Non-viral vector gene therapies to target multiple tissues and pathologies.” 

10.30 - 10.35  Discussion

10.35 - 10.50  Talk NanoBioCel 2 - Laura Saenz Del Burgo - Title: “Advanced biofabrication approaches in tissue engineering and nanocarriers”

10.50 - 10.55  Discussion

10.55 - 11.10  Talk NanoBioCel 3 - Denis Scaini - Title: “A technical overview of NanoBioCel facilities and equipment for cell and tissue engineering applications."

11.10 - 11.15  Discussion

11.15 - 11.30  Talk Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU 1 - Fernando Benito - Title: "Functional Materials for Lab-on-a-Chip"

11.30 - 11.35  Discussion

11.35 - 11.50  Talk  Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU   2 - Janire Saez - Title: "Bioelectronics and Microfluidics for Cancer Research"

11.50 - 11.55  Discussion

11.55 - 12.10  Talk  Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU   3 - Enrique Azuaje - Title: "CELLSTUDIO: pattern-based in vitro platform for cell monitoring"

12.10 - 12.15  Discussion

12.15 - 12.20 Final Remarks

12.20 - 13.20 Coffee break

TE Connectivity visit our laboratories

First publication date: 13/02/2024

Fernando, Iker and Lourdes during the meeting

Last Friday, Iker Ruíz Arnedo, the NPD Grant coordinator from TE Connectivity, visited our laboratories at the Research Centre Lucio Lascaray to explore potential avenues for collaboration between our University and TE.

The visit provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our ongoing research activities.

We eagerly anticipate forging a fruitful and enduring partnership with TE Connectivity.

Plaiaundi Institutua visited our laboratories

First publication date: 30/01/2024


This year again, we opened the doors of our labs to the students of the Plaiaundi Institute from Irun. The visit aimed to provide the students with a firsthand look at the research facilities and innovative work being conducted by the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU.

Thanks Gaizka and Leire for helping with the organisation of the event.


Lourdes at the Tissue MicroEnvironment Laboratory, University of Zaragoza

First publication date: 23/01/2024

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Lourdes with Prof. Ignacio Ochoa, head of the TME Lab and Prof. Jesús Ciriza

Lourdes was invited by the Tissue MicroEnvironment Laboratory (TME_Lab) from the University of Zaragoza to give a talk as part of their Invited Seminar Sessions.

Lourdes explained the research lines and achievements of the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU in the field of Lab on a Chip technology. It was a great opportunity to star exploring possible synergies between both groups.

Lourdes Delivers Keynote lecture at Manutech-Sleight Science Event

First publication date: 16/01/2024


Last Friday, on the 12th of January Lourdes Basabe was talking at the 11th SLEIGHT Science Event organized by Manutech-Sleight Graduate School in Saint-Etienne, France.

Manutech-Sleight, a leading institution offering an international integrated MSc/PhD graduate program, focuses on surface engineering through ultrafast laser/light techniques. The SLEIGHT Science Event is an annual gathering that brings together experts, researchers, and students to share knowledge and discuss the latest developments in the field.

Lourdes´ lecture marked the culmination of the event, providing attendees with a comprehensive overview of advancements in lab-on-a-chip technology and ultrasensitive chemical sensors on optical fibers.

The lecture was hosted by senior INSERM researchers Dr. Donota Iandolo and Dr. Laurence Vico from the Sainbiose unit.

For more information about Manutech-Sleight and the 11th SLEIGHT Science Event, please visit Manutech-Sleight Graduate School.