AWARDEE:

SARA ROUHANIFARD

Research:

ViralNPQ

INDUSTRY: 

Life Sciences

ABOUT Sara’s LAB:

The Rouhanifard lab uses chemical, biological and computational approaches to address both fundamental and applied questions in biology and medicine.

The lab aims to foster an interdisciplinary and translational research environment in which biologists, chemists, and engineers can work together to solve exciting problems.

ABOUT THIS RESEARCH

Rapid, accurate quantification of a sample of virus particles is a significant challenge for virology, both in research and clinical settings because current methods are based on indirect measurements of virus particle count and specialized equipment.

With ViralNPQ, we describe a cost-effective and easy-to-use, hybrid device to quantify viral particles in a given sample with 100% accuracy that is critical for precise benchmarking of diagnostics and appropriate dosing of therapeutics.

PROJECT LEADERSHIP

Sara Rouhanifard, PhD is focused on developing chemical approaches to track and quantify important RNA processing events and modifications in single cells; DNA: protein interactions that drive differences in gene expression; and understanding differences in RNA expression and the impacts on disease and development.

Meni Wanunu, PhD, is focused on the interface between biomolecules and nanomaterials. Visit the Wanunu Lab >>

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