State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011AL114B
Title: Development of an In-situ Capable Method for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in the Alabama Water Supplies
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/28/2012
Congressional District: Third
Focus Categories: Surface Water, Water Quality
Keywords: Pathogenic Bacteria, E. coli )157:H7, nanoparticle, DNA, in-situ detection,micro-fluidics
Principal Investigator: Son, Ahjeong
Federal Funds: $ 25,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 51,853
Abstract: This project will develop a rapid, accurate, modern yet robust, in-situ technique for the detection of e. coli O157:H7 in water at levels as low as 100 pathogenic organisms per mL. the basis of our technique is the novel use of advanced multi-functional nanoparticles which can be specifically assembled together only in the presence of the target pathogen. It can be easily extended to the detection of other pathogens once the core technique has been developed. Specific results of the research will be in the form of design and performance parameters investigated and established via a series of laboratory experiments.

Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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