Abstract by Fischer Summers
Physics and Astronomy
Robert Davis, Richard Vanfleet
Sepsis diagnosis using magnetic nanoparticles and a microfluidic device
Sepsis is an inflammatory response caused by an infection, in which our body’s response to the infection begins harming our tissues and organs. This project investigates a technique to rapidly diagnosis the infecting bacteria in sepsis to help treat it more effectively and decrease the mortality rate. Our goal is to use a microfluidic device, a magnet, and modified magnetic nanoparticles to capture and remove the sepsis causing bacteria from blood, enabling faster identification than the current culture techniques. When successful, we will decrease the time of diagnosis from days to a few hours, drastically reducing the mortality rate of sepsis.