Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Advances in Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases

Chemistry Building, Room 400
Analytical Seminar

Early detection of infectious diseases with point-of-care (POC) diagnostics is vital to provide proper treatment for patients especially in developing countries.1 Point-of-care (POC)  diagnostics are generally in vitro diagnostic tests that can be carried out without the need of trained personnel and facilities. Samples of blood, urine, saliva or other bodily fluids are tested to detect targets that will be able to provide us with rapid results.2 This would be particularly useful in developing countries that are lacking the required infrastructure. Microfluidic technologies have the potential as promising methods for POC diagnostics as it is disposable, low-cost and portable and generally fairly easy to be used.3  In recent times, connected POC diagnostic devices have been on the rise. Coupling microfluidics with consumer electronics will be able to allow necessary laboratory-based diagnostics to be accessible to patients, particularly in low-resource settings.4  In this talk, the fabrication and recent POC applications for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and gonorrhea will be discussed.5-7

(1) Kozel, T. R.; Burnham-Marusich, A. R. J Clin Microbiol 2017, 55, 2313-2320.

(2) Gubala, V.; Harris, L. F.; Ricco, A. J.; Tan, M. X.; Williams, D. E. Anal Chem 2012, 84, 487-515.

(3) Lee, W. G.; Kim, Y. G.; Chung, B. G.; Demirci, U.; Khademhosseini, A. Adv Drug Deliv Rev 2010, 62, 449-457.

(4) Wang, S.; Tasoglu, S.; Chen, P. Z.; Chen, M.; Akbas, R.; Wach, S.; Ozdemir, C. I.; Gurkan, U. A.; Giguel, F. F.; Kuritzkes, D. R.; Demirci, U. Sci Rep 2014, 4, 3796.

(5)  Laksanasopin,  T.;  Guo,  T.  W.;  Nayak,  S.;  Sridhara,  A.  A.;  Xie,  S.;  Olowookere,  O. O.; Cadinu, P.; Meng, F.; Chee, N. H.; Kim, J.; Chin, C. D.; Munyazesa, E.; Mugwaneza, P.; Rai, A. J.;  Mugisha, V.; Castro, A. R.; Steinmiller, D.; Linder, V.; Justman, J. E.; Nsanzimana, S., et al. Sci Transl Med 2015, 7, 273re271.

(6) Tsaloglou,  M.  N.;  Nemiroski,  A.;  Camci-Unal,  G.;  Christodouleas,  D.  C.;  Murray,  L. P.; Connelly, J. T.; Whitesides, G. M. Anal Biochem 2017, 543, 116-121.

(7) Cho, S.; Park, T. S.; Nahapetian, T. G.; Yoon, J. Y. Biosens Bioelectron 2015, 74, 601-611.

Support Us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about giving.

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.

Got More Questions?

Undergraduate inquiries: 

Registration and credit

AP Credit, Section Changes, Overrides,

Graduate inquiries:

Contact Us!

Assistant to the Department Head: Donna Spotts, 706-542-1919 

Main office phone: 706-542-1919 

Main Email:

Head of Chemistry: Prof. Jason Locklin