UTSA COS Summer Research Experience for 2013
Development of a Novel Photonic Crystal Biosensor
Quantitative measurements of binding affinities and kinetics of biomolecular interactions, such as protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-membrane binding, are not only crucial for revealing fundamental biological processes, but also serve as the basis for many diagnostic techniques and therapeutic discoveries. There is a high demand of highly sensitive and accurate biosensors that can provide insight into the biomolecular interactions. The student will work together with graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows for the development of the photonic crystal biosensor including bioassay experiments, developing computer programs for system control, and data acquisition and analysis. Throughout this project, the student will enhance his/her computer programming skills and have a good opportunity to learn advanced technologies of optical biosensing.