Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora, Mexico; and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She started her research on miniaturization and microfluidics during her PhD studies at University of Cincinnati, where she worked toward the development of a micro-chromatograph; she graduated in January 2003. In February 2003 she joined the Microfluidics Department at Sandia National Laboratories as a post-doctoral researcher, where she worked on insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) for the concentration and separation of microbes from water. From 2005–2012, she held positions at Tennessee Tech in the US, and Tecnológico de Monterrey and CINVESTAV-Monterrey in Mexico. In July 2012 she joined RIT as an associate professor of chemical and biomedical engineering. Blanca has taught a wide array of engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Regarding her research efforts, she started her research group “Microscale Bioseparations Laboratory” in 2005.
The research findings obtained by her group have been presented in numerous international conferences. Her research has been funded by a variety of sources in Mexico and UCMEXUS in the US. Her awards include the 2008 L’OREAL-UNESCO-AMC award for Women in Science and Induction to the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2009. Blanca has served as organizer and session chair for several conferences and as Vice-President and Councilor of the AES Electrophoresis Society, where she is currently the Webmaster. She is a reviewer for numerous international Journals and since August 2011 she also serves as Deputy Editor for the Journal ELECTROPHORESIS published by Wiley. She recently acted as guest editor for ELECTROPHORESIS for two special issues on Dielectrophoresis published in September 2011, and is currently preparing a second special issue on Dielectrophoresis to be published in 2013.
For more about Dr. Lapizco-Encinas, see her personal website:http://microbioseplab.org/
Her research fields are microfluidics and electrokinetics; her current projects are focused on the development of microscale electrokinetic techniques for the manipulation of bioparticles, from macromolecules to all types of cells. Her main research objective is to develop microfluidic electrokinetic-based microdevices that would answer the needs of many different applications, such as: protein purification for biopharmaceuticals, cell assessment for clinical/biomedical applications, and microorganism manipulation and detection for food safety assessments and environmental monitoring.