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.’