Tyler Bodily

Tyler Bodily

Bioengineering
Research Description

Tyler Bodily is a third-year PhD student in the Bioengineering department at UC San Diego. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he helped to develop a quantitative phase microscope for measuring live cancer cell growth in Dr. Thomas Zangle's Lab. He's currently co-advised by Dr. Gert Cauwenberghs, whose lab specializes in neuromorphic-inspired integrated circuit chip design, and Dr. Ratnesh Lal, whose lab has expertise in AFM cell imaging and novel biosensor technologies. His projects include the development of a multiplexed array of scalable antibody/aptamer-modulated graphene FET (GFET) biosensors. Upon modification with a probe molecule (ie DNA aptamer/antibody) the graphene channel becomes sensitive to biomolecules and can be detected by measuring changes in conductance. The array of biosensors would make it possible to diagnose higher-order diseases by integrating concentration measurements from several protein biomarkers simultaneously. Outside of the lab, he spends his time reading, surfing, biking, taking power naps, or trying out a new local restaurant.