Medical needs for cell based diagnostics and treatments are increasing rapidly. Characterization of cells is becoming an integral part of disease diagnosis and therapy management. As a result the need for more sensitive and specific yet simpler and faster cell enumeration and characterization technology is needed. Multidisciplinary research covering cell and molecular biology, bio- physics and chemistry, nanotechnology, engineering and medicine are utilized to arrive at innovations that can advance disease management. In the process students from different disciplines are engaged in the projects and are provided with the tools to acquire the skills for sound scientific thinking, experimentation and presentation. A major line of research is to improve the understanding of cancer biology and develop technology that can improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Focus is on the detection and characterization of tumor cells or tumor cell products circulating in the blood.