Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Patrick Kwan Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Jianxiong Chan

Project Details

Point-of-care (POC) testing is the testing at the site of patient care. It is done on patients conveniently and immediately allowing patients and doctors to receive the results quicker, making faster clinical decisions. The aim of the project is to develop a novel rapid, ultrasensitive real-time POC platform targeting molecules in blood or saliva. This will be integrated on a single chip platform. Our study is divided into 3 main projects aimed at developing and validate 1) DNA-based and 2) protein base, 3) whole cell detection, from whole blood and saliva. DNA-based study will includes developing specific DNA amplification through blood/saliva and its detection through biosensors. Protein and whole cell base study will involve detection of specific protein or white blood cells in blood or saliva through functionalised biosensor. This will be integrated on a single chip platform to facilitate a small, low cost and reliable test device.

Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience, Infection and Immunology, Cancer

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Cancer in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Epilepsy and Precision Medicine

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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