Dr. Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Head of BIOTEC Microarray Laboratory, has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) from the European Union FP7 to work on a project entitled “Pathfinder - Rapid and Reliable Detection of Foodborne Pathogens by Employing Multiplexing Biosensor Technology”. The project will focus on the development of innovative means of detecting important pathogenic organisms associated with food poisoning. This will be achieved using biosensor technology capable of detecting many different pathogens simultaneously.
Nitsara will bring her skills in microarrays and pathogen detection and lead a team of scientists at the Host Institute at Queen‘s University Belfast (UK). She will work closely with the Institute Director, Professor Chris Elliott, an eminent European researcher in the field of advanced diagnostics on this two-year project, starting from August 2011 to July 2013 followed by a one year return phase. The outcomes of this research will be extremely important to Europe, as food poisoning affects many millions of citizens each year and improved diagnostics has been identified as one of the key topics requiring more research activity.
Posted on 28 April 2011.