Research Areas: Analytical , Biochemistry , Clinical Lab Sciences
The Easley laboratory is focused on the development of novel microanalytical techniques that allow us to perform unique experiments on biological systems.
Research in our laboratory spans several scientific disciplines, such as fundamental analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and device engineering.
Research and Teaching Interests:
- Fast, Tiny, Bioanalytical Tools for Dynamic Studies of Endocrine Tissue Function
- Sampling secretions from small numbers of endocrine cells
- Cooperative sensing: Aptamers, antibodies, and DNA 'circuits'
- Droplet microfluidics
Our research is focused on developing microfluidic methods and accompanying small-volume biochemical assays to study secretions from small numbers of cells in the form of intact, primary tissue. We are interested in the consequences of cellular architecture and intercellular connections in tissue-level communication, and we study these effects using new microfluidic methods and customized small-volume (picoliter to nanoliter) assays developed by our lab members.