Travel Award 2018
We are inviting applications for two Travel Awards for early-career postdoctoral fellows and PhD students to attend a conference of their choice in 2018. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee presided by the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jeff D. Newman
- An abstract on their work that will be presented in oral or poster form
- Curriculum Vitae
- Justification letter
- Letter of support from their mentor
- All candidates should be PhD students or early-career postdoctoral fellows
The Awards will consist of 800 Swiss Francs each.
Please apply by clicking the button above before 31 January 2018. The winners will be announced by 31 March 2018.
Travel Award 2017
As Editor-in-Chief of Biosensors, I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Travel Award, sponsored by Biosensors, is Ke Du, a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, who will be supported with 800 Swiss Francs towards travel expenses to attend international conferences in 2017.
Dr. Du has developed and evaluated an automated microfluidic sample preparation multiplexer for Ebola virus detection. Combined with amplification-free counting of single molecules using an optofluidic chip, a limit of detection of 0.21 pfu/mL for clinical samples was achieved. To advance the technology closer to clinical trials, the research was extended to detect Ebola virus in whole blood samples, which, combined with a virus processor, allowed automatic processing of 80 samples on a single chip. The technique is compatible with a finger prick blood test and satisfies the requirements for POC detection of Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus (HFV) and other infectious diseases.
Less than three years after completing his PhD, Ke has already co-authored 23 publications, and has presented his work at many conferences via oral presentations and posters. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.
Dr. J.D. Newman
Travel Award 2016
As Editor-in-Chief of Biosensors, I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Travel Award, sponsored by Biosensors, is Peng Zheng, a PhD student at West Virginia University, USA, who will be supported with 800 Swiss Francs towards travel expenses to attend international conferences in 2016. Originally inspired by pollution issues in his native China, Peng pursued a goal of developing biosensors using nanotechnology to detect heavy metals—water resources in West Virginia suffer from heavy metal pollution due to mining activities. Training in nanofabrication and chemical synthesis enabled Peng to create a biosensor which detected silver and mercury ions in water and human saliva fluid, resulting in two first-authored publications. His efforts in advocating environmental protection as well as developing sustainable energy and biosensors gained him a SNO Student Award and a SURE Symposium Award. Still to complete his PhD, Peng has already co-authored 11 publications, as well as presenting his work at many conferences via oral presentations and posters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious Chinese Government Fellowship of Western Development Project, 2007–2011.
Dr J.D. Newman, Cranfield University