Webinar recording: Cleaning patch-clamp pipettes for immediate reuse


Presenter: Craig Forest (George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA)
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 10 AM Atlanta, GA (ET),  3 PM London, UK (BST), 6 PM Germany (CET), 11 PM Shanghai, CN (CST)

Patch clamp recordings remain one of the workhorses for cell physiology, allowing measurements ranging from single channel to recordings from small networks of identified cells. Unfortunately, this power and versatility is often limited by time-consuming and laborious tasks. Nearly a decade ago, automated cleaning and re-use of patch clamp pipettes opened the door to semi and fully automated workflows that that have since drastically increased the throughput of patch clamp recordings, in applications ranging from biosensor screening to large-scale connectivity studies.

In this webinar, one of the inventors of the technique will present an introduction into pipette cleaning, along with examples of the research that it has since enabled.

Introducing the presenter

Craig Forest is a Professor and Woodruff Faculty Fellow in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, holding program faculty positions in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a research fellow in Genetics at Harvard Medical School, having obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in June 2007. Prof. Forest is the cofounder and organizer of one of the largest undergraduate invention competitions in the USThe InVenture Prize as well as being the founder and organizer of one of the largest student-run makerspaces in the USThe Invention Studio.

Working together with a group of collaborators, Prof. Forest and his team have over the past decade developed and published a range of technologies to increase the throughput of patch clamp recordings.

Watch the recording