Rashid Bashir, Dean of the Grainger College of Engineering and professor of bioengineering, recently published his team’s results in Nature Communications. The study uses crumpled graphene, which is highly sensitive to DNA, in a sensor to rapidly diagnose cancer by detecting target DNA biomarkers in the patient blood or serum.

“It’s very sensitive, it’s low cost, it’s easy to use, and it’s using graphene in a new way,” said Bashir, “… eventually the goal would be to build cartridges for a handheld device.” Read more about the study and paper.

— Written by Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, Illinois News Bureau