Paul Yager

Paul Yager received his A.B. in Biochemistry from Princeton in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1980, specializing in vibrational spectroscopy of biomolecules.

After an NRC Fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory from (1980-1982), he joined the NRL staff as a Research Chemist. In 1987 he moved to Seattle and the Center (now Department) of Bioengineering at the University of Washington as an Associate Professor advancing to Professor in 1995, and served as Chair of the department from 2007 to 2013.

Since 1992, his lab has focused primarily on development of microfluidic devices and systems. This work resulted in the founding of Micronics in Redmond, WA. The long-range goal has always been to use microfluidic devices and systems for the analysis of biological fluids for use in low-cost point-of-care biomedical diagnostics. The primary aim has been to expand access to healthcare by creating technology that could be used in the home in the developed world, and wherever needed in the developing world. From 2005-2010 a team led by Yager was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a low-cost rugged point-of-care system for pathogen identification.

Since 2008, teams have been working together to develop ultra-low-cost instrument-free diagnostic technologies based on what the lab calls two-dimensional paper networks (2DPNs). The goal is to couple such inexpensive disposable tests with cell phones for quantitative readout and rapid connectivity with the healthcare system. This recent work has been supported by NIH and DARPA.

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