Linda S Powers
Endowed Chair, Thomas R Brown - Biomedical Engineering
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Our group develops rapid, inexpensive tools for the immediate discovery and identification of infectious diseases. It is critical for highly populated areas and resource-poor environments to have access to immediate therapeutics to save their populations and prevent the spread of these diseases.
Linda Powers, PhD, and her team of bioengineers, have developed technology that enables people working in the field to rapidly monitor and identify microbes causing contamination in floors, water, and air; to detect bioterrorism agents; and to test for disease organisms such as those causing SARS and avian flu. Much of Dr. Powers’ work has commercial applications and can be used in protecting airports and borders, aiding pharmaceutical companies, and speeding water quality testing. Dr. Powers’ is currently working with NASA’s Spaceward Bound program on tests that may be part of a future Mars mission. Her lab is also focused on making less expensive diagnostics for HIV, TB, and malaria for field use in Third World countries. Keywords: sensors, diagnostics, instruments