Hello, we are Doctors Sandhya Moise and Hannah Leese from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom and we are chemical engineers working on developing materials that can detect and diagnose the presence of disease at the point of care. Ask me ...
Hi Reddit, We are Sandhya and Hannah. Our research focusses on developing technologies for detecting cancer at early stages. Early detection significantly increases survival rate in cancer patients. However, early detection of ovarian cancer is challenging due to lack of unique symptoms of disease onset, especially since we do not yet have a screening device.
Our research vision is to design and develop a mass screening device for the early detection of ovarian cancer. We have been awarded a Cancer Research UK grant to pursue this research. We are developing what are called microfluidic devices – these are tiny devices that will fit in the palm of your hand which will screen blood samples for cancer specific molecules.
We also work in other areas of biomedical research. I (Sandhya) work on developing specialized vessels (known as Bioreactors) for producing red blood cells outside the body – these cells can then be used for blood transfusions during medical emergencies. I (Hannah), work on minimally invasive devices (mini-needles) and material design to mimic the detection of biomolecules for the detection of infection Today we are joined by Dr. Dan Merryweather our postdoctoral researcher and David Phillips our PhD student who will help us answer your questions.
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