Example of a POC test where a pathogen is detected with molecular machinery and visualized with the naked eye.
Example of a POC test where a pathogen is detected with molecular machinery and visualized with the naked eye.

Project keywords

Point-of-Care, Molecular diagnostics, Molecular biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology

Project summary

Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics have the potential to revolutionize global health care by enabling diseases to be rapidly diagnosed ‘on the spot’ using minimal specialized infrastructure. POC strategies need to be highly sensitive, specific, practical, cost effective and portable if they are to be used in resource limited settings. We are focused on novel and simple molecular assays to generate new POC diagnostic technologies. Students will be involved in designing, developing and evaluating methods to rapidly detect pathogenic DNA with minimal equipment or using "everyday" devices such as mobile phones. This interdisciplinary project will provide an opportunity to acquire diverse skills in chemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering, and biotechnology.

Project contacts

Lead investigator Professor Matt Trau & Dr Eugene Wee
Research group Trau Group
Contact email m.trau@uq.edu.au, j.wee@uq.edu.au

 

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