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Microfluidic assay for rapid multiplexed detection of bacterial urinary tract infections

Objective

We propose to develop a microfluidic chip-sized assay for low-cost, sensitive, rapid, and multiplexed detection of bacteria in urine. We aim to reduce bacterial diagnostic time from the current standard of 1-3 days to several minutes. The device will have application to both conventional clinical microbiology laboratories and point-of-care settings, and will eliminate dependence on highly trained operators. We propose to use isotachophoresis (ITP) to extract and concentrate the bacterial signature 16S ribosomal RNA directly from urine samples, and detect and quantify its presence using a set of complementary fluorescent probes (molecular beacons) on a low-cost microfluidic chip.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/clinical microbiology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/microfluidics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIG
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Funding Scheme

MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)

Coordinator

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Administrative Contact
Mark Davison (Mr.)