Special Issue "Biosensors for Detection and Analysis of Bacterial and Viral Pathogens"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensors and Healthcare".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Aida Ebrahimi
Guest Editor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: point-of-care diagnostics; biochemical sensors; electrochemical devices; bacterial detection; nanomaterials; nano-electronics; in situ microbial phenotyping
Dr. Huanyu Cheng
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: stretchable electronics; transient sensors; mechanics of materials; advanced manufacturing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, various biosensor technologies have been developed for the detection and analysis of bacterial, fungal, or viral pathogens with applications ranging from medical care, to food and water safety, to biosecurity and biodefense. Specifically, infectious diseases caused by bacterial and viral pathogens have been major global health threats with a significant economic burden, with antimicrobial resistant pathogens and the COVID-19 pandemic as major examples. To address these challenges, among other health and environmental issues, rapid and accurate biosensors with minimal sample preparation and ease of operation are urgently needed. Researchers in academic settings, industrial labs, and government labs have been working on the development of various biosensors for the detection of pathogens and studying their interaction with antibacterial or antiviral agents for rapid screening.

We invite researchers to submit their contributions—in the form of full papers, communications, perspectives, and reviews—related to biosensors for bacterial and viral pathogens (detection to analysis). The scope of this special issue is to cover the following potential research topics but is not limited to:

  • Engineering biosensors for detection and quantification of a pathogen’s genetic signature (DNA or RNA), detecting intact cells (virions or whole bacterial cells), or measuring host immune response (antibody detection). The detection techniques may be based on optical, electronic, electrochemical, acoustic, mechanical, or spectroscopy methods.
  • Engineering novel sensing materials (e.g., MXenes, MOFs, 2D materials, hybrid materials, etc.) and demonstrating their sensing application relevant to viral or bacterial pathogens.
  • Design of capture probes (e.g., aptamers, peptides, antibodies, etc.) and surface functionalization for improving selectivity, sensitivity, and/or sensor stability.
  • Novel device/sensor/system design, integration, and sensing demonstration
  • Novel sensors based on advanced molecular methods (e.g., CRISPR technology)

The devastating health and economic challenges caused by bacterial and viral pathogens support the need for a dedicated Special Issue in this area. Biosensors designed for detection of pathogens and characterizing their interaction with environmental stimuli (e.g., host immune response, antiviral or antibacterial agents, and disinfecting strategies) can potentially transform the future of healthcare and environmental safety and help us to better prepare for future crises related to infectious pathogens.

Dr. Aida Ebrahimi

Dr. Huanyu Cheng

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Biosensors is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • infectious disease
  • bacteria detection
  • virus detection
  • pathogen detection
  • sensor
  • immunoassay
  • nucleic acid
  • whole cell
  • virion
  • reagent-free
  • calibration-free
  • label-free
  • phenotype-based sensor
  • smart phone
  • point-of-care
  • lab-on-chip

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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