A UT Arlington multidisciplinary team has received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build artificial nanopores made of silicon that can detect “bad molecules” as a very early indication of cancer and other diseases.
Samir Iqbal, an assistant professor of electrical engineering who focuses on nanotechnology, is leading the project. He works with Sandy Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Richard Timmons, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.
Nanopores are tiny openings—about 1,000 times smaller than a human pore on the skin or a human hair—made in very thin silicon chips. The silicon chips are the same material in computer processors and memories.
Dr. Iqbal’s team will run human blood-derived samples through these artificially created nanopores in a silicon chip and record how the composition may change as a function of disease.
Read more about the NSF grant.