Biotechnology Surges Forward With Help From Electrical Engineering

Santosh Pandey, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has developed microfluidic systems by creating very specific micropatterns in polymers on glass slides or chips. His technology has impacted departments within and outside of the College of Engineering.

Rebecca Cademartiri, ISU Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering is using a scanner based on Pandey’s chip technique to study bacteriophages, which destroy bacteria.

Greg Tylka, ISU Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, received funding from several chemical and seed companies to study seed coatings designed to prevent nematode infection of soybeans, and he teamed up with Pandey to head the project.

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