Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dipl. Phys. Jens Ducrée

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 the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems at DCU (FPC@DCU) – a joint initiative of Science Foundation Ireland and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft – and a principal investigator for Microfluidic Platforms at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI). Dr. Ducrée is also academic member of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the 3U Joint Institute of Global Health (JIGH).

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 sample preparation and detection of bioanalytical assays (e.g. immunoassays, nucleic acid testing, general chemistry and cell counting). 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.

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 member of faculty at the world-renowned Institute for Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg (Germany).

Dr. Ducrée has so far published 346 peer-reviewed contributions to the research community, amongst them 97 papers in mostly top-quartile journals of the field (72 senior authored), presented 295 times at various events (thereof 115 times at all major international conferences, 31 times upon invitation plus 134 and 15 times at other meetings and seminars, respectively) in the field of microsystems and microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies, and authored 11 reviews, 4 books / theses and 17 book chapters, among them the best-selling market study ”FlowMap - Microfluidics Roadmap for the Life Sciences”. His latest h-index at Google Scholar amounts to 38 (i10-index: 87) with a total number of 4858 citations (as of June 2, 2017).

Dr. Ducrée is presently a member of several program or executive committees and general chair of the International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (μTAS 2016) in Dublin (Ireland) and the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2018) in Belfast (Northern Ireland). Dr. Ducrée is editorial board member of the scientific journal Nature Microsystems & Nanoengineering and (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 approach is documented by an intellectual property portfolio comprising of 20 granted patents and 56 filings, and an extended track record of successful collaborative RTD projects with industrial and leading-edge academic partners. Dr. Ducrée contributed to raising a total of 26885.6 k, of which 6789.6 k directly supported his own group’s / centre’s research and technology development activities.

Dr. Ducrée has so far supervised 25 postdoctoral researchers, 13 PhD, 43 directly plus 9 externally co-supervised MSc and 30 BSc students as well as 75 local and international undergraduates. His current team currently comprises of 3 postdoctoral researcher(s) and 1 postgraduate student(s) plus 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.

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