MEMS Seminar: Point-of-Care Technologies for Infectious Diseases and Nutritional Deficiencies

Jan 24

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Professor David Erickson

The interplay between nutrition and infection is well established - poor nutrition predisposes to infection acquisition, transmission, and progression, and infectious diseases often lead to worsening of nutritional status.  Timely diagnosis is key to reducing the burden of both - early detection of poor nutritional status enables low cost interventions and early diagnosis of infection decreases potential for transmission and facilitates appropriate management along with antibiotic stewardship. Point-of-Care technologies offer a significant opportunity to reduce the time to diagnosis of these pathologies in both domestic and international settings consequently preventing significant delays in clinical care, particular in low resource environments.  In this talk I will discuss some of the technologies and approaches to enable point-of-care diagnostics for vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies and infectious disease related cancers like Kaposi’s Sarcoma.  In addition to discussion the scientific and technical aspects of the technologies, I will also discuss issues related to deployment, uptake, and user need assessment.

David Erickson is the Sibley College Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.  His research focuses on: mobile and global health technology, microfluidics, photonics, and nanotechnology.  Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto. Research in the Erickson lab is primarily funded through grants from the NSF, NIH, ARPA-E, ONR, DOE and DARPA.  Prof. Erickson has helped to found numerous start-up companies commercializing: high-throughput particle analysis instrumentation, biomedical diagnostics, and mobile health technologies.  In recent years, Dr. Erickson has received the DARPA-MTO Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, among others.  In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama.  For his efforts in co-founding the field of optofluidics, Erickson has been named a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Hosted by: Dr. Tony Huang

Lunch will be served at 11:30 am.