Microfabrication of biochips that are able to direct, concentrate, and quantify pathogenic bacteria from food using PCR.

Investigator: Rashid Bashir (Department of Bioengineering)

Project Report 2011 - 2012

Project Description:

Biochips are miniature laboratories, the size of a postage stamp, that are able to perform many simultaneous functions to rapidly screen many samples. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a technique used to amplify and detect DNA from a target bacterium. Coupling PCR with biochip technology results in a rapid detection method for identifying pathogenic bacteria in a food sample.

Project Highlight:

This PCR on a biochip system is a fast, portable, inexpensive method for on-site testing of foodborne pathogen contamination.

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