As you learned in earlier chapters and in this one, biosensors have the potential to be used in several fields including human health and food preparation. In this interview, Dr. Paranjape discusses his work
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Professor Paranjape's Micro and NanoSystems Group. From left to right: Jonathan Hesson (researcher), Jianyun Zhou (Ph.D. candidate), Vincent Spinella-Mamo (Ph.D. candidate), Yogesh Kashte (researcher), Sean Flynn (undergraduate sophomore student), Mak Paranjape (group leader). Missing from picture: Andrew Monica (Ph.D. candidate), Megan Giger (undergraduate junior student) and Rajeev Samtani (high school senior). (Courtesy Russel Ross)
in developing a biosensor that detects glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
Dr. Paranjape is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Georgetown University (Washington, DC), where he joined the faculty in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta (Edmonton) in 1993, and held postdoctoral researcher positions at Concordia University (Montreal), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), and the University of California (Berkeley). In 1995, through a collaborative project with U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Paranjape joined the Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (IRST) in Trento, Italy, as a research consultant.
Dr. Paranjape and a team at Georgetown University and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) have developed a biosensor micro-device that has the potential to be used by people who have diabetes. The biosensor is in the form of a small adhesive patch to be worn on the skin and is very convenient to use and makes measuring glucose levels completely pain-free and in a minimally invasive manner. The mul-tidisciplinary project was funded for over 3 years with technical expertise coming from several scientific backgrounds: one other physics professor, one professor in pharmacology, two senior researchers from SAIC (biochemistry and engineering), six postdoctoral researchers (chemistry, materials engineering, biochemistry, microfabrication specialists, and two electrical engineers), and several undergraduate and graduate students in the physics program.
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