Year Established: 2011 Start Date: 2011-03-01 End Date: 2012-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $25,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $51,853
Principal Investigators: Ahjeong Son
Abstract: This project will develop a rapid, accurate, modern yet robust, in-situ technique for the detection of e. coli )157: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.