Rapid detection of Salmonella in fresh produce using a paper-based microfluidic device based on recombinase polymerase amplification and lateral flow immunoassay

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses and 50% of its recent outbreaks are associated with fresh produce. To protect the safety of fresh produce, rapid, cost-effective and easy-to-use detection methods are necessary for government laboratories and food industry to frequently monitor Salmonella level. The gold standard bacteriological culturing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods are generally time-consuming, labor-intensive, and complicated.

Determination of peanut allergen in foods using a dual fluorescence-SERS immunoassay

Peanut is one of the leading foods that can cause food allergies. An extremely low amount of peanut protein is sufficient to cause mild reactions in people who are sensitive to peanut. Over 90% of allergic reaction cases derived from peanut digestion are related to Ara h 1, a glycoprotein that comprises about 15% of the total protein content in peanut and are not degraded during food processing. In this project, we aim to develop a dual fluorescence-SERS immunoassay using graphene quantum dot labeling on aligned magnetoplasmonic nanowires.