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Studying the electrical properties of cells gives us a unique perspective of the cell. Our goal is to highlight differences between cancer and normal cells. Impedance spectroscopy and Dielectrophoresis are our primary foci of research. So far, we have used impedance spectroscopy to study the differences between normal breast epithelial MCF 10A, HS68 human fibroblast cells and MDA-MB-231 metastasized breast cancer cells under the influence of the drug suberoyl anilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA). We are expanding this research to include ovarian and prostate cancers. We are also utilizing our 3D fabrication technology to develop BioMEMS devices that can enrich circulating tumor cells using DEP (iDEP and cDEP) mechanism.