Developing an interfacing platform technology for silicon-micromachined JFET biosensors

Biosensors are can detect a variety of molecules in a rapid and highly sensitive manner. A new biosensing technology was developed to allow scientists to customize the biomolecular target they wanted to detect, called an open-gated silicon junction field effect transistor (JFET). However, this technology lacks user friendly packaging needed accommodate its use in diverse research settings. This can discourage people from using and building new sensing platforms. A customizable packaging platform to house the JFET technology would provide the tools needed for any scientist to develop their own unique biosensor. The aim of this project is to develop and validate a suite 3D printable housing designs that meet the need for high customizability and rapid small-scale production. A standardized plug-and-play approach to take away the frustration from the basic manufacturing and prototyping may encourage more researchers to adopt and develop new applications that will accelerate Canadian development of important tools including COVID diagnostics.

Stephanie Mok
Faculty Supervisor: 
Christopher Moraes
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