Project

Envirome Monitoring with CRISPR Biosensors

Copyright

ESA

European Space Agency

Environmental DNA monitoring has become a standard part of building a picture of our envirome. Unfortunately, most methods of microbial identification within the envirome, especially those associated with health, require specialized or expensive and complicated instruments together with training. As an alternative, this project will translate novel CRISPR biosensing platforms meant for low-resource diagnostics to be used for waterborne pathogen monitoring in low-resource contexts. This project will serve as the the proof of concept for on-demand,  low-cost, and quick environmental monitoring biotechnology that can be easily used outside the lab. Experiments are being run to test the applicability both in a grassroots community and microgravity context. This project is funded in part by the SEI-TRISH Seed Grant Program

Collaborators: Collins Lab, MIT ; Space Exploration Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Environmental DNA monitoring has become a standard part of building a picture of our envirome. Unfortunately, most methods of microbial identification within the envirome, especially those associated with health, require specialized or expensive and complicated instruments together with training. As an alternative, this project will translate novel CRISPR biosensing platforms meant for low-resource diagnostics to be used for waterborne pathogen monitoring in low-resource contexts. This project will serve as the the proof of concept for on-demand,  low-cost, and quick environmental monitoring biotechnology that can be easily used outside the lab. Experiments are being run to test the applicability both in a grassroots community and microgravity context. This project is funded in part by the SEI-TRISH Seed Grant Program

Collaborators: Collins Lab, MIT ; Space Exploration Initiative, MIT Media Lab