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Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University

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Science of Innovation: Anti-Counterfeiting Devices

We express our gratitude to the National Science Foundation, US Patent Office, and NBC Learn for featuring our technology.

Science of Innovation - National Science Foundation


Evangelyn Alocilja - 2013 - TEDMEDLive MSU

"Prognostic biosensors for elderly and global health care"
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
April 18, 2013


Biosensor for food safety

Our Pride!

Our lab has produced 2 NSF Graduate Fellows, 4 DHS Undegraduate Scholars, and 3 DoD-SMART Fellows!



Program Director and Principal Investigator

Welcome to the Nano-Biosensors Lab!

"Protecting lives through rapid diagnostics!"

We develop field-operable nanoparticle-based biosensors to save lives, protect the nation, and sustain the economy.

Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Ph.D.

Professor in Biosystems Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Institute of International Health

Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Michigan State University

National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Goal and Research Activities

Our goal is to save lives by diagnosing infectious diseases early, rapidly, inexpensively, and simply through point-of-care field-operable nanoparticle-based biosensors. Complementary to these nano-devices are anti-counterfeiting detection systems for product authentication, serialization, and tamper-evidence.

Research Programs:

1. Field-operable nano-biosensors

-- Applications: healthcare, biodefense, food safety, and environmental quality

2. Anti-counterfeiting nano-DNA taggants and field detection systems

-- Applications: product authentication, serialization, tamper-evidence, traceability, and supply chain biosecurity

3. Bio-inspired nanostructures

-- Approaches: biologically assisted molecular self-assembly, biogenic synthesis, and green-chemistry

Imagine a world where ...

You can determine on site whether your food is safe to eat or your water is safe to drink.

You can determine if a "white powder" in your mail is harmful to you.

You can manage personal health issues in the comfort of your home. ...

The researchers in the Nano-Biosensors Lab are working hard to create diagnostic devices that may facilitate the coming of this kind of world.

Nano-biosensors are diagnostic tools that can provide rapid results, are highly sensitive, simple to use, inexpensive, and ... can be carried around in your pocket!

(Missing in picture below are: Yilun Luo, Yun Wang, Mingquan Yuan)





Office: 213 Farrall Hall; Phone No.: 517-355-0083, Fax: 517-432-2892; Email:

Lab: 115 Farrall Hall; Phone Nos.: 517-432-8672 and 517-432-8673

Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1323, USA