Published on Monday November 29, 2004
Wei-Heng Shih and Dr. Wan Shih of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are part of a recent Department of Transportation anthrax detection grant that has been awarded to Drexel University. The Department of Transportation has awarded Drexel University, through CiMeRC, (the National Bioterrorism Civilian Medical Response Center, designated by Congress in 2000, Director: Dr. Ken Blank) a grant for anthrax detection and remediation for the public transit system of the Philadelphia region. The award is $750,000 for the first six months, September 2004 through March 2005. Dr. Banu Onaral, Director of School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, is the principal investigator. Dr. Wan Shih, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei, and Dr. Ryszard Lec of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems are the co-investigators. Dr. Wei-Heng Shih, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Rick Rest in the Department of Microbiology of the Drexel College of Medicine, Dr. Raj Mutharasan of Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Irwin Chaiken in the Department of Biochemistry of Drexel University College of Medicine, are the collaborators. The remediation part of the project is subcontracted to Dr. Alex Fridman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The detection project offers two sensor platforms. One is the piezoelectric cantilever biosensors that Dr. Wei-Heng Shih and Dr. Wan Shih are developing and the other is Dr. Lec's piezoelectric bulk-acoustic biosensors.
For more information on the project, please visit the following website: http://www.biomed.drexel.edu/ResearchPort/Contents/HomelandSecurity/