The Lucks Lab is pleased to announce that they are recipients of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant. This award is designed to inspire novel research projects aimed at improving global living standards. The Gates foundation is seeking to support Dr. Lucks and his group in their work developing robust and easy-to-use point-of-care diagnostics for plant pathogens endangering food security for at risk populations.
This work spearheaded by graduate students Matthew Verosloff and Kirsten Jung harnesses the power of cells to sense and respond to their environment in order to create these pathogen diagnostics. The technology seeks to improve upon the current state of the art by being low cost, requiring few processing steps, having clear visual results that do not require any peripheral equipment, and being shelf stable for long term storage.
Also, postdoc Khalid Alam’s superb photography skills and Matt’s hand modeling led to the grant being featured on the Gates Foundation award site!