Speaker Name(s): Shana O Kelley, PhD
Description: Cancer, infectious disease, and many other disease states are most treatable when diagnosed early and rapidly. Current methods used clinically for the diagnosis of disease require specialized laboratories and centralized lab facilities, and do not allow on-demand testing to be carried out in real-time where patients are cared for. We are working towards generating a new class of diagnostic instruments that can be used in any environment to perform rapid, cost-effective diagnostic tests. The technology we’ve developed relies on sensors made of nanomaterials possessing record-breaking performance levels and making possible the direct readout of disease biomarkers in clinical samples. The application of these sensors to challenges in the diagnosis of cancer, infectious disease diagnosis, and organ transplants will be highlighted. A general overview of the applications of nanotechnology to medicine will also be presented.