Eriola Shanko


  • 6 Citations

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Personal profile

Academic background

Eriola- Sophia was born in Fier, Albania in 1990. At age of 4 she moved to Greece where her ongoing exceptional academic track led to her BSc from the University of Applied Sciences of Piraeus, Greece. Her studies were in the field of Automation and Robotics engineering and her bachelor's thesis described a scalable emergency medical response system that coupled the efficient data collection of a pulse sensor with the flexibility and interoperability of a GSM / GPS service architecture for the early detection of the patient’s emerging heart problems. Her rigorous academic performance attracted an Erasmus Mundus scholarship of a 4% acceptance rate, for the further continuation of her studies. Therefore, she joined a joint International Master on Smart Systems Integration (Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)) at various prestigious universities. The MSc consisted of three reputable universities: Heriot-Watt University HWU (Scotland), Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge USN (Norway) and Budapest University of Technology and Economics BME (Hungary). For her MSc thesis she was offered additional scholarship to conduct research at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich ETHZ (Switzerland), Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel, Switzerland, with thesis entitled as “Steps towards antibiotic susceptibility testing microfluidic chips” for ASTs-on-chip. The thesis involved the design, microfabrication and characterization of a microfluidic chip for rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing of E. coli in the evaluation of the bacteria’s oxygen deficiency after drug application.

Research profile

In the microsystems group Eriola-Sophia is doing research on the optimization of magnetic mixing in capillary-driven microfluidic applications. Magnetic actuation of micro-beads and integrated magnetic micro-actuators enhances low-target-concentration detection via providing a homogeneous platform for high precision handheld diagnostics. She will then introduce the application of microelectromagnets-on-chip for system miniaturization.   


Engineering is the art of directing natural laws for the use and convenience of human kind. 

External positions

Software and microfabrication engineer of ultrasound probes (summer intern), GE Healthcare

15 Jun 201514 Aug 2015

Process Development engineer, Philip Morris International

13 May 201312 Nov 2013

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Research Output

  • 6 Citations
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Review article

Microfluidic magnetic mixing at low reynolds numbers and in stagnant fluids

Shanko, E., van de Burgt, Y., Anderson, P. & den Toonder, J., 1 Nov 2019, In : Micromachines. 10, 11, 23 p., 731.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    144 Downloads (Pure)

    Magnetic mixing in microfluidics for biomedical assays

    Shanko, E. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 12 Dec 2017, (Unpublished) International MicroNano Conference 2017.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • The effect of microchamber geometry on the efficiency of magnetic microbead mixing

    Shanko, E., van de Burgt, Y. B. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 6 Jun 2017, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

  • 59 Downloads (Pure)

    Real time health monitoring and wireless transmission: A μController application to improve human medical needs

    Shanko, E. & Papoutsidakis, M. G., 21 Nov 2013, 4th IEEE International Conference on E-Health and Bioengineering - EHB 2013 : Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania, November 21-23,2013. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Student theses

    Soft magnetic mushrooms for microsphere based mixer under rotating magnetic field

    Author: Chauhan, R., 20 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: den Toonder, J. M. (Supervisor 1) & Shanko, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master