ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project aims to develop a proof of concept molecular test which can differential between the viral infections of Dengue and Chikungunya. The research program will also focus on integrating a sample preparation module with the photonic sensors to produce a cartridge-based test that will operate using a single finger stick capillary blood sample and be as easy to operate as a conventional blood sugar meter.

RESEARCH ABSTRACT

In order to make point of care testing a reality, there is a need to develop improved, multi-modal systems which are capable of simultaneously measuring more than a single parameter. In this application we will develop a proof of concept molecular test which can differentiate between the viral infections Dengue and Chikungunya. The research program will also focus on integrating a sample preparation module with the photonic sensors to produce a cartridge-based test.  The resulting test cartridge will require a single finger stick capillary blood sample and will be automated so that it is as easy to operate as a conventional blood sugar meter.

Project Team

Dr. J. Stewart Aitchision, University of Toronto
Dr. Manoj Varma, Indian Institute of Science

Partners

University of Toronto
Indian Institute of Science

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