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Wei Chun Chin

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Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Chin lab has worked on various research projects with health disparity significance. Previously Chin group demonstrated that nicotine can induce significant airway mucus viscosity increase associated with many respiratory diseases. The group also linked nicotine and alcohol use to the onset of acute pancreatitis through trypsinogen premature activation. Recently the team just completed a study to investigate airway mucus viscosity changes induced by rock dust particles associated with coal miner workers. Currently, Chin group is investigating airway mucus changes caused by E-cigarette and tobacco product use. In addition, Chin group is working on developing nanomaterial-based sensor microchips for Valley Fever and COVID-19 detection in mobile clinics or rural settings.