General description of our research
Research in Anbuhi Research Group is aiming to develop fast, eco-friendly, and low-cost lab-on-chip sensors for applications in environmental issues and point-of-care diagnostics.
As the world population grows constantly, the demand for fast and reliable sensors for the control of food and water resources increases dramatically. Also, in many developing countries and remote places which do not have access to the minimum equipment required for the assessment of their water and food quality, there is an urgent need for cheap and simple sensors to do so.
On the other hand, early detection of infectious and non-infectious diseases such as cancer is of great importance which allows for controlling contagious diseases before getting prevalent and helps for the better treatment of the patients due to the rapid diagnosis of their disease in the early stages. Therefore, point-of-care diagnostics have drawn great attention during recent years and has a fast-growing market in the upcoming years.
Our current projects are focused on the development of paper-based biosensors in which paper is used as a platform for the attachment of detecting biomolecules. Paper has been proved to be a superb material for the development of biosensors due to a number of advantageous namely being cheap and available in almost every country, its renewability and eco-friendliness, and being protein and biomolecular friendly.
Sensors in the form of tablets have been proved to be an efficient and strong tool for the monitoring of pathogens and toxic materials in water resources, especially in remote places. Actually, in this technique, the lab is taken to the sample, instead of taking samples to the lab. In Anbuhi Research Group, we are working on the development of such sensors with high efficiency and long durability.
Point-of-care diagnostics and medical applications
Incorporation of microfluidic technology into paper-based biosensors and development of multi-assay paper chips have opened new research avenues in the field in recent years. In Anbuhi Research Group, we are trying to develp such sensors in a way to be replaced with conventional medical tests some of which are invasive and so painful for the patients.