Rap Video Raises The Roof On Droplet Microfluidics

I know I’ve told you about my foray into music videos via a physics project I did in 1986 (see “Songwriters Wanted”). Obviously, my science parody of the Beatles and Bad Company didn’t launch my career to Weird Al status but it still makes me smile. And it puts me in a club with other science parody writers.

Indeed, I now feel connected to Anu Kaushik and Alex Trick, PhD candidates in the BioMEMS and Single Molecule Dynamics Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland -- despite the fact that we’ve never met and probably never will. These two entered a video competition sponsored by Dolomite Microfluidics and Lab on a Chip and supported by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society.

Kaushik explained the idea behind their entertaining and creative video: “We thought a rap parody explaining our research would be a great way to integrate our work with our love of music. The video describes our research on droplet microfluidics for single-cell analysis and the benefits of using this technique to discretize cells from tissue samples to achieve faster detection, increase signal to noise ratio and analyze cellular heterogeneity.”

Turn up your speakers and check out the winning video.

 Want another science song parody? Check out “You’ve Got To Hear The Sound Of Compliance.”

Traci-bio-photo.jpgTraci Purdum is Chemical Processing’s senior digital editor. She can’t resist a good song parody. You can email her your songs to tpurdum@putman.net.