Project

Envirome Monitoring with CRISPR Biosensors

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 (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 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 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.

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 (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 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 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.