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KIAS organized a workshop on ‘Potential of Paper Microfluidics in Diagnosis and Detection’

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The Center for Analytical Sciences, Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal organized a workshop on Potential of Paper Microfluidics in Diagnosis and Detection in Kantipur Valley College (KVC), Lalitpur, Nepal yesterday – September 18, 2018. The workshop aimed to encourage aspiring undergraduates towards research and to provide them insight into the field of ‘Paper Microfluidics’ and its potential applications in disease diagnosis and detection of target analytes in various applications. The workshop was attended by 30 undergraduate students from different semesters of Department of Biotechnology, KVC. Mr. Pravin Pokhrel delivered technical lecture and demonstrations as a key resource person in the workshop. Pravin is a project coordinator at the Center for Analytical Sciences, KIAS. He was supported by Mr. Prakash Sharma, researcher intern at the Center for Water and Atmospheric Research, KIAS. 

Students working on protein assay on paper microfluidic platform during the workshop

The workshop started with a brief welcome note by Mr. Nishan Katuwal, who is program coordinator at Department of Biotechnology, KVC. The welcome note was followed by a short motivating talk by Mr. Sudarshan GC, Coordinator, Media Lab Nepal.

In his presentation as a resource person, Mr. Pokhrel started with the scientific methods used in research, discussed a complete journey from identifying problems to finding a solution, and outlined a number of steps and strategies  to making the best out of undergraduate research as an undergraduate researchers. He also talked about various aspects of paper microfluidics and its application in various fields.

Participating students  divided into groups and they performed the experiment that involved the detection of protein using paper device on their own after observing demonstration provided by Mr. Pokhrel. The workshop finally ended with experience sharing from participants and vote of remarks by Mr. Katuwal. According to the participants the workshop was very fruitful and informative where they learnt a new field of science. 

The venue was provided by the Kantipur Valley College (KVC), Lalitpur, Nepal and the workshop was made possible by the support from the USAID through PEER program.

Mr. Pokhrel delivering his lecture.