Headen Publishes Work on “BacteriaBots”

Devon Headen’s undergraduate research was published in the journal, Biomedical Microdevices, in an article entitled, “Effect of body shape on the motile behavior of bacteria-powered swimming microrobots (BacteriaBots).”  Headen received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and conducted research under the direction of Bahareh Behkam, Ph.D. and graduate student mentor Ali Sahari to investigate the effect of the microparticle shape on the propulsive behavior of BacteriaBots

“My main responsibility was reproducing the stretching apparatus.” Devon said. “I also helped with bacterial culture and attachment of bacteria to particles”

Devon's credits working in Behkam's MicroN BASE laboratory as the influence that introduced him to the interdisciplinary field of bioengineering and his interest in using mechanical engineering principles to solve biological problems.

In 2011, Devon came to Georgia Tech as a graduate student in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and joined the laboratory of Andres Garcia, Ph.D., as a Stem Cell Biomanufacturing IGERT trainee. His dissertation focuses on producing on-chip microfluidic encapsulation of pancreatic islets in non-degradable hydrogels.
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Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech