Wide-band Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) Measures S. pombe Cell Growth in vivo

  • Zhen ZhuEmail author
  • Olivier Frey
  • Andreas Hierlemann
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1721)


This chapter describes a microfluidic device that enables immobilization and culturing of single rod-shaped S. pombe cells in a stand-up mode. The wide-band electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) has been integrated in the microfluidic device to continuously measure cell growth of single S. pombe cells. Cell growth curves showing cellular and intracellular features at high spatiotemporal resolution can be obtained from EIS signals. The features include longitudinal cell elongation in the G2 phase, mitosis, and cell division during an entire cell cycle of S. pombe cells. Microfluidics-based EIS systems provide, hence, a tool for dynamic single-cell studies.

Key words

Schizosaccharomyces pombe Microfluidics Electrical impedance spectroscopy Cell growth Cell cycle Nuclear division 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61404027 and No. 61774036), the National Key Basic Research Program of China (No. 2015CB352100), and the Swiss program within the RTD project “CINA.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southeast University, Key Laboratory of MEMS of Ministry of EducationNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH ZurichBaselSwitzerland

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