When it comes to disease diagnosis, early detection can save lives. Unfortunately, with the current technology available, patients can sometimes wait days to find out the results.
Cue Boston University’s Assistant Professor Hatice Altug (ECE) and her research team who are developing a portable biosensor that has the potential to diagnose everything from food poisoning to swine flu in as little as 30 minutes.
Altug has already received national attention for her work. In September, Popular Science included her in the magazine’s “Brilliant 10.” Then in October, she earned the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineers from President Barack Obama. Now, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have recognized her contributions as well by profiling her in their latest issue of The Institute.
Altug has been working on this research since 2007 when she joined BU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and helped found the Laboratory of Integrated Nanophotonics and Biosensing Systems.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health recognized the potential of her work by giving Altug and her collaborators a $4.8 million grant to develop her sensor for commercial use.
Altug was profiled by the IEEE not only for being an accomplished researcher but also for her work as a mentor to current and prospective engineering students. She told The Institute that she “wants to give students a taste of what attracted her originally to engineering: a penchant for building useful tools and gadgets.”
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