We are developing biosensors that are low-cost and user-friendly. These biosensors incorporate most of the complexity within the device (e.g. stored reagents) such that the user requires minimal training. We are using them for improving animal health, food safety, and human health.
The complex communities of microorganims (i.e. microbiome)—bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa—that reside in and on us determine our health. Our lab is engineering these microbiomes to improve health and prevent diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
The field of soft robotics has grown tremendously in the last decade. We are applying the soft actuators and robots developed so far to applications in in developing in vitro models for human health.