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OSU Physics Research in National News - No Game: Scientists Move Cells with Joystick

Professor Sooryakumar and his graduate students Greg Vieira, Aaron Chen and undergraduate Tom Henighan have developed a new approach to remotely manipulate biological cells on a surface. The research was done in collaboration with Professor Fengyuan Yang (OSU Physics), graduate student Adam Hauser (OSU Physics) and Professor Jeff Chalmers (OSU Chemical Engineering).

The technique, which overlaps condensed matter physics and biology, is based on imprinting designed magnetic wires only tens of nanometers thick on a surface to trap labeled cells. By combining with weak programmable external magnetic fields, the traps are made mobile allowing the cells to be maneuvered across surfaces with ease. The technique is also applicable to ultra small, biologically inert magnetic particles- thereby opening new opportunities in nanoscale engineering and physics. The results were published in Physical Review Letters (link) and subsequently reported by Fox News (link). Videos of several cell manipulation examples may be accessed below. For further information contact Sooryakumar at or Vieira at

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