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Michelle Khine

Michelle Khine

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine

As a kid, Michelle Khine loved Shrinky Dinks. So when she didn't have the equipment at the University of California, Merced, that she needed to make chips with tiny fluid-filled cavities for use in experiments and medical diagnostics, Khine improvised: She printed chip patterns onto her beloved childhood toy--a cheap, elegant solution. Khine, now an assistant professor at UC Irvine, recognized the potential market for affordable microdevices, and helped found Shrink Nanotechnologies, which develops molecular-detection platforms, rapid-prototyping kits, and stem-cell tools innovations that may make micro fluidic devices more accessible to scientists and speed important research.

Whenever I get a crazy idea, I still go into the kitchen to mess around on anything lab-related, creative-related, or food-related.