Harnessing synthetic biology to create low-cost diagnostics and improve infectious disease surveillance
EPIC Doctoral Award recipient Justin Vigar is using synthetic biology to develop rapid, low-cost diagnostic tools to combat infectious diseases. He and his lab mates are creating a customizable, paper-based platform that uses pocket-sized slips of paper with genetic circuits embedded onto them. The circuitry is built by freeze drying proteins and other molecular components, which function as amplifiers and sensors, directly onto the paper.
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: How U of T researchers are tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance
As the global health and research communities mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, members of the Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC) are making strides in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. L
A Q&A with EPIC member Warren Chan about his efforts to engineer better diagnostics for infectious diseases and how he became interested in this area.