Dr. Jens Ducrée holds a Full Professorship of Microsystems in the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU). He is the founding director of FPC@DCU – Ireland’s first Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems, a joint initiative of Science Foundation Ireland and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Dr. Ducrée is also academic member of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the 3U Joint Institute of Global Health (JIGH), and a principal investigator for Microfluidic Platforms at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) since 2008.
The main part of his research is directed towards novel microfluidic systems and associated actuation, detection, fabrication and instrumentation technologies for the integration, automation, miniaturization and parallelization of bioanalytical protocols (e.g. immunoassays, nucleic acid testing, general chemistry and cell counting including sample preparation). Typical applications of these next-generation “Lab-on-a-Chip” platforms are sample-to-answer systems for biomedical point-of-care and global diagnostics, liquid handling automation for the life sciences (e.g. concentration / purification and amplification of DNA / RNA from a range of biosamples), process analytical techniques and cell line development for biopharma as well as monitoring the environment, infrastructure, industrial processes and agrifood.
Another more recently started activity seeks opportunities for science in the context of cryptoeconoy represented by the “blockchain”. This distributed ledger technology (DLT) was initiated in 2009 by a still unknown persona (“Satoshi Nakamoto”). It mainly came into the public eye in the context of the volatile cryptocurrency “Bitcoin” and already bears great commercial promise by virtue of its innate decentralisation (no middleman), distribution (reliability), immutability (time stamping / append-only) and transparency (open source, smart contracts), especially for Fintech; yet, blockchain certainly (still) faces a multitude of significant challenges when connecting to the real world, for instance, in terms of legal issues, user convenience, availability, security, data storage and even ecological aspects. Within this exciting “Web3” technology, Dr. Ducrée is particularly interested in re-structuring research and technology development (RTD) based on open-platform concepts to leverage crowdsourcing of expertise, infrastructure, equipment and (bio-)samples for the benefit of democratisation / globalisation of RTD, validation and new deals on data; furthermore, synergies with highly disruptive 21st century technologies like digital manufacturing, artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things (IoT) and redistributed manufacturing (RDM) can be harnessed. DLT4RTD.com
Dr. Jens Ducrée has a master’s and PhD in Physics. Before joining DCU as an Associate Professor in 2008, he founded and led the groups ”Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies” and the ”Lab-on-a-Chip Foundry Service” at the HSG-IMIT (now Hahn-Schickard) in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Since 2005 Dr. Ducrée was also a senior faculty member at the world-renowned Institute for Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg (Germany).
Dr. Ducrée has so far contributed to more than 400 research publications in the
field of microsystems and microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies, amongst them over
100 scientific papers in mostly top-quartile journals (78 senior authored), presented
124 times at all major international conferences, 39 times as plenary or upon
invitation, and gave 20 external seminars. He authored 11 reviews, 17 book chapters
and 4 books / theses, among them the best-selling market study ”FlowMap -
Microfluidics Roadmap for the Life Sciences”. His latest h-index at Google Scholar
amounts to 41 (i10-index: 90) with a total number of 5764 citations (as of May 15,
Dr. Ducrée acted as general hosting chair of the International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (μTAS 2016) by CBMS in Dublin (Ireland) and the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2018) in Belfast (Northern Ireland). He is presently presiding or part of several international steering and executive program committees, editorial board member of Nature Publishing Group’s journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering, and has served as (guest) editor of various special issues. In 2006, he received the FAM-award for excellence of scientific achievements in Microsystems Technology from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and was named the President’s Researcher of the Year at Dublin City University (Ireland) in 2016.
His application-focused, translational research approach is documented by
an intellectual property portfolio comprising of 25 granted patents, about
60 filings, and an extended track record of successful collaborative RTD
projects with industrial and leading-edge academic partners. His work has
spawned several successful commercialisation activities, patent licencing
and the foundation of companies. Dr. Ducrée contributed to raise research
income of more than 59 million €, of which more than 15 million € directly
supported his own group’s / centre’s research and technology development
Dr. Ducrée has so far supervised 34 postdoctoral researchers and fellows, 11 PhD, 29 MSc (by Research) and 16 MSc (Taught) directly plus 10 externally co-supervised MSc and 37 BSc students as well as 81 local and international undergraduate(s). His current team comprises of 2 research fellows, 3 postdoctoral researcher(s) and 3 postgraduate student(s) plus 4 operational, 3 technical staff and a cohort of undergraduates and interns. Several prestigious awards, e.g. the “IOPI Rosse Medal”, the “Thesis in 3”, “Tell It Straight”, and the “μTAS 2015 Video Competition”, were received by group members. He is particularly proud of the career success of my former PhD and postdoctoral researchers who went on to become, for instance: professors, lecturers and senior scientists in renowned academic institutions, deputy director of a major research entity, VP Technology & Innovation at a high-impact microfluidic company, VP Supply Chain Management at a large multinational, and co-founder / COO of a successful microfluidic start-up.
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