Travel Award 2018
As Editor-in-Chief of Biosensors, I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Travel Award for a PhD Student, sponsored by Biosensors, is Mr. Alain Lombard, who is in the first year of his doctoral studies at the University of Grenoble in France. He will be supported with 800 Swiss Francs towards travel expenses to attend the “International Meeting on Optical Biosensors” in Ghent in November 2018, where he will present his work.
The goal of his PhD is to understand the signal processing in mechanotransduction in magneto-active substrates combined with FRET biosensors. He aims to use these devices as a new tool to study mechanotransduction in single cells by exerting a local and dynamic stimulation and reading the response of the signalling pathway.
Also, I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Travel Award for a Postdoctoral Scientist, sponsored by Biosensors, is Dr. Jaione Etxebarria, who is an early-career scientist working in the microfluidics group at the UPV/EHU Research Group, located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. She will be supported with 800 Swiss Francs towards travel expenses to attend the “22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems in Chemistry and the Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2018)” in Taiwan in November 2018, where she will present the latest work on this project.
Her work investigates a new design concept to solve the limitations of generating packed particle supports inside microfluidic devices, rendering reproducible volumes of the packed structures confined to a precise area. The architecture features an easyto- use design for generation of silica bead supports, similar to the columns typically used in chromatography, where a variety of materials such as biosensors can be easily retained, showing minimal influence in flow conditions.
Dr. Etxebarria has already been the recipient of several grants and awards, has presented her work at international conferences, and published over 10 scientific papers.
Dr. Jeff D. Newman
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