Clarkson prof developing quick biochemical test for people's medical conditions
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 9:12 am

POTSDAM -- A Clarkson University professor is leading a research team that is developing a rapid test that analyzes biochemical information and gives medical personnel quick yes-or-no answers about a patient’s medical condition.

“Ordinarily, a sensor measures the concentration of certain molecules, for example, glucose. This quantitative measure allows a professional to make conclusions based on the numbers,” Evgeny Katz says in a news release. “The problem is, this process is not good for immediate decisions and actions, like you would need on the battlefield. If you need to know whether someone has been exposed to chemical weapons, you don’t have the time for a lengthy analysis with details.”

The project is funded by the Department of Defense because of its potential battlefield applications.

While this new form of analysis offers rapid answers, the research behind it is not speedy. This project is a spinoff from a very general area of biosensors, in which he has been for more than 40 years, he says. He and his colleagues have devoted five to seven years on this project, supported by NSF grants and the Department of Defense.