Grant: $8,680 - National Institutes of Health - May. 18, 2009
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Award Description: Title: Label-free Multiplexed Immunoassay Platform for Diagnosing Liver Disease This award is for an undergraduate student internship in science or engineering. Zoiray Technologies Inc, a for profit startup company located in Boston, MA, aims to develop, as part of a larger project, a multiplexed label-free platform for liver disease diagnosis integrating multiple tests for antigens and antibodies onto a single chip and thus enhancing reliability and specificity while reducing cost and complexity in the prevailing systems biology approach to diagnostics. Our aim is a comprehensive platform that can quickly, reliably, and inexpensively measure a broad spectrum of serum biomarkers (hundreds) to identify the presence of liver disease and to assess its cause, extent, and progression. ARRA funds have been awarded by the NIH to support an undergraduate internship on this project. The student project is to investigate the stability of the printed protein arrays, especially under various storage conditions. Testing possible variations during the assay development process will be a significant boost to the work overall and was something that could not be included under the original NIH SBIR award budget guidelines. The research experience this project provides not only exposes the student to high technology research, but importantly, also exposes the student to technology career paths in industry, something that doesn?t always happen for technical students until beyond graduate school. The primary deliverable will be a final report prepared by the student that covers their literature search, experimental planning, experimental results, and conclusions.
Project Description: The student intern has worked to achieve the following: get acquainted with the technology, research the field and literature pertaining to the project, plan the research project, conduct preliminary experiments, draft the final report. $1,184 of reagents were ordered for the experiments.
Jobs Summary: One student internship for an undergraduate biomedical engineering student. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: More than 50% Completed
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