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SELECTBIO Conferences Point-of-Care Diagnostics & Global Health 2018

Arben Merkoçi's Biography



Arben Merkoçi, ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Barcelona

Arben Merkoçi is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2). After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University (Albania), in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc and senior researcher/invited professor in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies in Italy, Spain, USA and since 2006 at ICN2. Prof. Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscience based sensors to be used as cost efficient globally deployable mobile diagnostics platforms. These nanobiosensors involve integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other (bio)receptors with micro- and nanostructures/motors and are applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 280 peer review research papers (IF 54), supervised 27 PhD students and has been invited to give plenary lectures and keynote speeches in around 150 occasions in various countries. He is co-founder of two spin-off companies, PaperDrop dedicated to nanodiagnostics and GraphenicaLab to electronic printing.

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Cost-effective and Globally Deployable Mobile Diagnostics Using Paper-Based Nanobiosensors

Monday, 1 October 2018 at 18:00

Add to Calendar ▼2018-10-01 18:00:002018-10-01 19:00:00Europe/LondonCost-effective and Globally Deployable Mobile Diagnostics Using Paper-Based NanobiosensorsPoint-of-Care Diagnostics and Global Health 2018 in Coronado Island, CaliforniaCoronado Island, CaliforniaSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

Point of care devices are progressing rapidly and the demand for cost efficient globally deployable mobile diagnostics platforms is the key factor for their success. Physical, chemical and mechanical properties of cellulose in both micro and nanofiber-based networks combined with their abundance in nature or easy to prepare and control procedures are making these materials of great interest while looking for cost-efficient and green alternatives for device production technologies. Both paper and nanopaper-based biosensors are emerging as a new class of devices with the objective to fulfil the “World Health Organization” requisites to be ASSURED: affordable, sensitive, specific, user-friendly, rapid and robust, equipment free and deliverable to end-users. How to design simple paper-based biosensor architectures? How to tune their analytical performance upon demand? How one can ‘marriage’ nanomaterials such as metallic nanoparticles, quantum dots and even graphene with paper and what is the benefit?  How we can make these devices more robust, sensitive and with multiplexing capabilities? Can we bring these low cost and efficient devices to places with low resources, extreme conditions or even at our homes? Which are the perspectives to link these simple platforms and detection technologies with mobile phone communication? I will try to give responses to these questions through various interesting applications related to protein, DNA and even contaminants detection all of extreme importance for diagnostics, environment control, safety and security.


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