Biosensing Initiative

In the rapidly evolving field of Biotechnology, Biosensing in particular has a significant role and impact on modern life, affecting such important fields as human health, agriculture, food safety and environmental protection.

On December 10th, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Research, ABRL will be hosting the PSU Biosensing Forum. This event is part of a broader University-wide effort to launch a biosensing initiative at PSU, which is expected to develop translational scientific innovations and advances, novel methods and techniques in the field.

To lay the foundation for the biosensing initiative, the objective of the Biosensing Forum is to explore the scope of academic interest and relevant professional and scientific expertise at PSU in three application areas: One Health, Agriculture, and Environment. The forum is seeking to identify and engage both end users and research-contributors among the Penn State faculty and staff at the Colleges of Medicine, Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Science, Nursing and/or Engineering.

The Forum will give an opportunity for such potential end-users to express their interest and present their view on the most important challenges in their respective fields to be solved. During three panel sessions aimed on particular applications, six seed thrusts will be presented: (1) Laboratory to Point-of-Need, (2) Internet of Biosensors, (3) Phenotype vs. Genotype Screening, (4) Adaptable Detection Methods, (5) Individual Care and Monitoring, and (6) Responsive AMR Materials. At the Forum, researchers from all disciplines, motivated to contribute to solution of these six big ideas, will have an opportunity to identify themselves and team up within the 6 thrusts and/or 3 applications areas. This way the Forum should create a diverse group of stakeholders of the biosensing initiative and set the stage for convergence to a strategic multidisciplinary program, capable to address high-complexity, large-scale global problems with a substantial societal impact.

The Biosensing Forum will be held at the HUB-Robeson Center 132 Flex Theater from 8:30 – 3:00pm

Potential stakeholders, both end-users and research-contributors, planning to attend the Forum, should register by November 16th to participate in the Forum, and upload one-slide quad-chart presentation by December 2nd to be part of the panel session(s). The presentation should follow the template to be downloaded from here.

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