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Parties interested in donating directly to our lab to support our research, teaching, and student development activities may do so via credit card by using the following form:

Those wishing to make more complicated arrangements (periodic giving, memorials, etc) can do so at at this page. To ensure that your support comes to our laboratory directly, select "Other" from the drop-down menu, then enter the following text in the text box:

"Please apply this donation to the KirbyLab Gift Account E55-8781."

Those who prefer to donate by check may mail a check payable to Cornell University, to Cornell University, Box 223623, Pittsburgh PA 15251-2623. As above, please specify in the letter that the donation be applied to the KirbyLab Gift Account E55-8781.

Donations are tax-deductible, require minimal paperwork, and are often matched by employers.

Anonymous donors may arrange for their representatives to contact Professor Kirby directly, or representatives may contact the College's Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs and Development, Hilary Diekow, at or 607/220-4066.

Industrial Affiliates

Our industrial affiliates program is designed to bring industry in close contact to our research and our research staff. Affiliates have access to the latest results from our lab and are invited to our annual affiliates workshop, which is an opportunity to learn about our research and to streamline professional recruiting of our student researchers.

Businesses interested in participating in our industrial affiliates program should contact Professor Kirby directly at

A circulating tumor cell captured by a GEDI device (refs here and here) from peripheral blood of a castrate-resistant prostate cancer patient shows differential response to chemotherapeutics that echoes clinical response. Top: immunofluorescent stain of tubulin of a circulating tumor cell incubated with 100 nM docetaxel (Taxotere) shows diffuse tubulin and no evidence of bundling. The absence of taxane response is indicative of a lack of drug-target engagement and is consistent with this patient's failure to response to Taxotere therapy. Bottom: immunofluorescent stain of tubulin of a cirulating tumor cell from the same patient incubated with 100 nM paclitaxel (Taxol) shows pronounced tubulin bundling, indicative of drug-target engagement and consistent with this patient's positive clinical response to Taxol.
Batch cultures of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (left) and Chlorella vulgaris (right).
Ben's paper on electrothermal effects in dielectrophoresis devices.