MSU Researchers Developing Cellphone-Based Malaria Test

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University researchers with the College of Engineering are using a $1.8 million grant to develop a rapid-response diagnostic test for malaria.

Peter Lillehoj, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his team are creating a cellphone-based biosensor and app to diagnose and monitor the infectious disease. He says the test will incorporate a small detection circuit that plugs directly into a cellphone, a disposable microfluidic chip and user-friendly app.

The project aims to improve the clinical diagnosis of cerebral malaria and triage of patients with uncomplicated malaria through a handheld platform that performs rapid measurements of malarial biomarkers from human serum and blood samples.

The National Institutes of Health provided the grant.

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