Joseph Rufo


Contact Information

  • Office Location: B342B Levine Science Research Center
  • Email Address:



Duke University

Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Sep.2013-May 2015

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics

Sep.2009-July 2013

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Biomedical applications of acoustics
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanoparticle manipulation via surface acoustic wave
  • Acoustofluidics isolation of exsomes and extracellular vesicles

Teaching/Work Experience:

  • Associate Scientist, Glaxo SmithKline (January 2016-June 2017) 

      Worked in a large scale cGMP environment to manufacture GSK’s pipeline drug substances administered in clinical trials. Focused area: downstream processing and purification.

  • Teaching Assitant, Penn State University (2014-2015)

       Engineering Mechanics- Statics and Dynamics

Awards and Honors:

  • P.B. Breneman Best Design in Research Award, Second Place, 2013
  • President's Freshman Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009


  • Mingsong Wang, Chenglong Zhao, Xiaoyu Miao, Yanhui Zhao, Joseph Rufo, Yan Jun Liu, Tony Jun Huang, and Yuebing Zheng, Plasmofluidics: Merging Light and Fluids at the Micro-/Nano-Scale,Small, Vol. 11, pp. 4423-4444, 2015.
  • Po-Hsun Huang, Nitesh Nama, Zhangming Mao, Peng Li, Joseph Rufo, Yuchao Chen, Yuliang Xie, Cheng-Hsin Wei, Lin Wang, and Tony Jun Huang, A reliable, programmable acoustofluidic pump powered by oscillating sharp-edge structures, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, pp. 4319-4323, 2014.
  • Chenglong Zhao, Yuliang Xie, Zhangming Mao, Yanhui Zhao, Joseph Rufo, Shikuan Yang, Feng Guo, John D. Mai, and Tony Jun Huang, Theory and experiment on particle trapping and manipulation via optothermally generated bubblesLab on a Chip, Vol. 14, pp.384-391, 2014.
  • Ahmad Ahsan Nawaz, Xiangjun Zhang, Xiaole Mao, Joseph Rufo, Sz-Chin Steven Lin, Feng Guo, Yanhui Zhao, Michael Lapsley, Peng Li, J. Philip McCoy, Stewart J. Levine, and Tony Jun Huang, Sub-micrometer-precision, three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic focusing via “microfluidic drifting”Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, pp. 415-423, 2014.
  • Po-Hsun Huang, Yuliang Xie, Daniel Ahmed, Joseph Rufo, Nitesh Nama, Yuchao Chen, Chung Yu Chan, and Tony Jun Huang, An acoustofluidic micromixer based on oscillating sidewall sharp-edgesLab on a Chip, Vol. 13, pp. 3847-3852, 2013.
  • Yanhui Zhao, Danqi Chen, Hongjun Yue, Jarrod B. French, Joseph Rufo, Stephen J. Benkovic and Tony Jun Huang, Lab-on-a-chip technologies for single-molecule studiesLab on a Chip, Vol. 13, pp. 2183-2198, 2013.
  • Yuliang Xie, Chenglong Zhao, Yanhui Zhao, Sixing Li, Joseph Rufo, Shikuan Yang, Feng Guo, and Tony Jun Huang, Optoacoustic tweezers: a programmable, localized cell concentrator based on opto-thermally generated, acoustically activated, surface bubblesLab on a Chip, Vol. 13, pp. 1772-1779, 2013.