As has become traditional in the latest years, the autumn brings the fear of another COVID-19 wave. In spring 2020, many UT scientists dropped their usual research to focus on coronavirus related projects. Have their solutions made it to practice or did they not leave the lab (yet)?
Using a newly developed nano-size biosensor, UT scientists Pepijn Beekman and Dilu Mathew can detect small tumor cell fragments in blood at very low concentrations. These so-called tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (tdEVs) are effective biomarkers for the presence and activity of a tumor.
In the midst of the lockdown, we talk to UT scientists who have paused existing projects to focus on coronavirus related research. Pepijn Beekman and Dilu Mathew just received a grant to develop a fast (corona)virus detection system. ‘Our goal is to have a small device that can be easily used anywhere. You put a sample in and within minutes you know if you have coronavirus.’