Project

Envirome Monitoring with CRISPR Biosensors

Microbial monitoring plays a critical role in informing governments, researchers, and locals on the health of their ecosystem.  Unfortunately, common methods of  microbial detection and identification for human and environmental health require specialized equipment that provide results on the order of days. As an alternative to these bottlenecks, this project translate novel CRISPR biological sensing platforms meant for low-resource (out-of-lab) diagnostics to be used for waterborne pathogen monitoring in low-resource contexts. 

This project will serve as the the proof of concept for an on-demand,  low-cost, and quick environmental monitoring biotechnology to deliver results in hours. Experiments are being run to test the applicability both within local communities as well as in microgravity. Field trials are set to begin Summer 2020. This project is funded in part by the SEI-TRISH Seed Grant Program and National Geographic. 

Collaborators

Collins Lab, MIT ; Space Exploration Initiative, MIT Media Lab; Open Ocean Initiative, MIT Media Lab.

Microbial monitoring plays a critical role in informing governments, researchers, and locals on the health of their ecosystem.  Unfortunately, common methods of  microbial detection and identification for human and environmental health require specialized equipment that provide results on the order of days. As an alternative to these bottlenecks, this project translate novel CRISPR biological sensing platforms meant for low-resource (out-of-lab) diagnostics to be used for waterborne pathogen monitoring in low-resource contexts. 

This project will serve as the the proof of concept for an on-demand,  low-cost, and quick environmental monitoring biotechnology to deliver results in hours. Experiments are being run to test the applicability both within local communities as well as in microgravity. Field trials are set to begin Summer 2020. This project is funded in part by the SEI-TRISH Seed Grant Program and National Geographic. 

Collaborators

Collins Lab, MIT ; Space Exploration Initiative, MIT Media Lab; Open Ocean Initiative, MIT Media Lab.

Research Topics
#environment #sensors #ocean