The Diagnostics Development Unit in the Department of Haematology is focused on developing low cost diagnostic tests for infectious diseases in the developing world.
The Analytical Biotechnology Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology aims at understanding how biology can be interfaced with electronic, mechanical and optical systems and the development of new instrumentation or techniques to answer fundamental and applied questions concerning new biological measurement regimes.
Recent highlights include:
- An innovative collaboration between Biologists in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience with physicists from the Cavendish Laboratory and a bioimaging specialist the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology has allowed the development of new imaging approaches to study the behaviour of Plasmodium falciparum (malaria)cells before and after invasion of red blood cells.
- A novel yeast-based screening method has been created by scientists in the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and Department of Biochemistry to expedite the development of new drugs in the fight against tropical diseases such as malaria and African sleeping sickness.
- A ‘dipstick’ test that detects Hepatitis B within 30 minutes – and could be used in some of the world’s poorest countries – has been given the green light for use in the European Union.