More Than 50 International Students to Receive Academic Travel Awards for SLAS2020

For Immediate Release

Tony B.

Oak Brook, IL — The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, (SLAS) has selected 53 life sciences students to receive SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards. Award winners will present their research at the SLAS 2020 International Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, CA, USA, January 25-29, 2020.

These notable undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty members from 12 countries were selected by an independent panel of judges who evaluated their abstract proposals based on scientific merit and potential impact of the research toward the advancement of life sciences discovery and technology.

SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Award winners receive a travel stipend, including roundtrip travel and shared hotel accommodations, for SLAS2020. In addition, they receive full conference registration, which includes access to more than 140 podium presentations, hundreds of poster presentations, 22 short courses, more than 300 exhibitors, as well as workshops, meetings, tutorials, special events and networking opportunities.

Listed alphabetically by their home country, the SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Award winners for 2020:



Franco Caram, National University of La Plata
In Silico High-Throughput Screening by Machine Learning for the Discovery of New Treatments for Chagas Disease



Souptik Basu, Giffin University
Combined VEGF and PDGF Therapy to Repair Secondary Injury Induced by Spinal Cord Injury

Lynn Nazareth
A Novel Medium-Throughput Imaging Assay to Determine How Glial Cells Respond to Pathogens

Choon Leng So, University of Queensland
High-Throughput Assessment of Calcium Signaling in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells Expressing the Genetically Encoded Calcium Indicator GCaMP6m and Cultured in Different Matrix Stiffness



Cyro Lucas
Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing of Flexible Graphite Electrodes for Wearable Zinc Monitoring in Sweat.

Lucas Sousa, Federal University of Goias
Instrument-Free Fabrication of Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices Through 3D Pen Drawing for Point-of-Care Testing



Tanya Bennet, University of British Columbia
Airway-On-a-Chip: Development and In-Vitro Validation of a Microfluidic Cell Culture Model for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Samuel Berryman
Image-Based Cell Phenotyping Using Deep Learning

Eric Cheng, University of British Columbia
Application of Deep Learning for Cell Printing Event Classification Within Piezoelectric Inkjet Nozzles

Richard Cheng
Wound-Conformal Delivery of Dermal Tissue Constructs for Full-Thickness Burn Treatment Using a Handheld Bioprinter

Jeong Hyun Lee, University of British Columbia
Lossless Immunocytochemistry for Precious Cell Samples

Shashi Malladi, University of Toronto
Microfluidic Platform for the Formation of Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels from Aligned Collagen Sheets

Kenza Samlali
Single-Cell Hybrid Microfluidics as a Selection and Sorting Tool in the Mammalian Gene-Editing Pipeline



Jiahui Sun, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Smartphone-Based Colorimetric Bacterial Detection Platform for Antibiotic Assisted Screening



Alexander Jansson, Technical University of Denmark
A Low-Cost, No-Required-Skill, 3D-Printed Peristaltic Pump for Multi-Channel Systems in Any Lab



Maximilian Benz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
chemBIOS – A Multidisciplinary Platform for Unifying Early-Stage Drug Discovery

Marius Brehm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Nanomolar and Parallel Solid Phase Synthesis in Droplet Microarrays for UV-Triggered On-Chip Cell Screening

Tobias Neckernuss, Ulm University - Sensific
High-Throughput Label-Free Optical Analysis and Sorting of Cells and Particles in Microfluidic Systems

Saskia Reichelt, Technische Universitaet Dresden
Development of a Gold Nanoparticle-Based Colorimetric Sensor for a Sensitive Endotoxin Detection in Aqueous Solutions

Engy Shokry, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich 
Metabolomics: A Strategy for Monitoring Partial Enteral Nutrition Treatment and Identifying Metabolic Signatures of Inflammation in Paediatric Crohn’s Disease Patients in Remission



Shingo Honda, University of Tokyo
Air-Sealed Multi-Dimensional (MD) Digital Assay for Detection of Inhibitor-Resistant Influenza Virus



Maciej Grajewski
A Portable Quality Control Lab in the Era of Food and Beverage Craftsmanship



Witold Postek
Microfluidic Platform for Screening of Antibiotic Susceptibility at the Single-Cell Level

Sandra Skorupska, Warsaw University of Technology
Electrochemotherapy Efficacy Evaluation Using Lab-On-a-Chip System

Patrycja Sokolowska
Organ-On-a-Chip: Three-Dimensional Pancreatic Islet Model Under Flow Condition.



Agata Blasiak
CURATE.AI Enabled Personalised Dosing for Multiple Myeloma

Eliza Fong
Development of Colorectal Cancer Patient-Derived Organoid-Fibroblast Models Suitable for Drug Testing

Theodore Kee
Personalizing Digital Therapeutics with CURATE.AI identified N.1 profiles


United States

Peter Attayek
Novel Oxygen-Gradient Platform for the Co-Culture of Anaerobic Gut Microbiota with Primary Human Colon Epithelium

Amar Basu, Bioelectronica
Real-time Tracking of Droplets and Single Cells at 12,000 Events per Second Using GPU-Accelerated Image Processing

Julia Bauman, Broad Institute
Pooled Cell Painting for Massively Multiplexed Optical Phenotyping

Valentine Courouble, Scripps Research 
Novel Application of Proteolysis Targeting Chimera Technology for Target Identification of the Liver Receptor Homolog-1 Modulator SR1848

Daniela Dengler, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery
Testing Funnel for Identification and Characterization of Small Molecule Modulators Targeting Secretin Receptors

Joseph De Rutte
High-Throughput Encapsulation and Selection of Cells Based on Antibody Secretion Using Lab-on-a-Particle Technology

Aviv Elor, NIH/NCATS
BioLumin - An Immersive Mixed Reality Experience for Interactive Biomedical Visualization

Mark Hendricks, Whitman College
Lab Automation in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum

Jorden Johnson, University of Minnesota
Evaluating the Advantages of Using 3D-Enriched Fragments for Targeting Bromodomain

Jihwan Lee, Rice University
High-Content Screening of Millions of Single-Cell Variants Enabled by Single-Cell In Situ Tagging

Chia-Wei Liu
Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Citrus Tristeza Virus by Using Micro-Homogenizer and Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP)

Sidharth Modha, University of California Riverside
Characterization of Laser-Etched Grooves for Use in Paper-Based Analytical Devices

Prithvijit Mukherjee, Northwestern University
Automated Nano-Fountain Probe Electroporation for Combinatorial Single Cell Transfection

Cesar Patino, Northwestern University
Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision Strategies for Automated Gene Editing Using a Nanofountain Probe Electroporation (NFP-E) System

Colleen Riordan
Microfluidic Platform for Optimizing the Formation of Nanodisc Libraries from Whole Cell Lysate to Enable Activity-Based Profiling

Avtar Singh
Optical Pooled Screens in Human Cells

Sunil Singh
High-Throughput Organotypic Breast Tumor Model Elucidates Dynamic Remodeling of Tumor Microenvironment

Adam Szmelter, University of Illinois at Chicago
3D-Printed Devices For 96-well Gas Control

Pradip Thakuri, University of Akron
Long-Term Synergistic Inhibition of Kinase Pathways Overcomes Drug Resistance of Colorectal Cancer Spheroids

Peter Wang, University of California Los Angeles
Optimizing Nanodiamond-Doxorubicin Complexes Toward Efficient Drug Loading and Sustained Release

Yilian Wang
A Microfluidic-Free Method to Perform Ultra-Sensitive ELISA on Cytometer Compatible Microgels

Xiao Wang, Harvard Medical School
Dynamic Profiling of Antitumor Activity of CAR T Cells using Micropatterned Tumor Arrays

Xuan Yang, Emory University
Ultra-High-Throughput Screening Platform for Inhibitors Targeting MKK3-MYC Interaction for Therapeutic Discovery

Jianhou Zhang, University of California Riverside
A Simple and Rapid Method for Nucleic Acids Extraction and Purification from Complex Plant Samples


The SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards are named for Tony Beugelsdijk of Los Alamos National Laboratory, an Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) co-founder who passed away in August 2009. (ALA merged with the Society for Biomolecular Screening to become SLAS in 2010.) Tony played an inspirational and instrumental role in laboratory robotics and made significant contributions to ALA and the scientific community as a whole. SLAS is pleased to remember him through a program that recognizes promising researchers who demonstrate outstanding achievement in life sciences discovery and technology.

The SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards program is one of many ways the SLAS Education Fund supports the next generation of life sciences discovery and technology leaders. Opportunities for advancement via the SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Program, SLAS Visiting Graduate Researcher Program, mentorship program and Career Connections as well as the Student Poster Competition provide a launching pad for young professionals. For more information about SLAS2020 visit For more information about SLAS, visit or contact SLAS Global Headquarters at +1.877.990.SLAS(5727) or e-mail


SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is an international community of 19,000 professionals and students dedicated to life sciences discovery and technology. The SLAS mission is to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.



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