Identifying novel Cas variants for pathogen diagnostics


Project Description

Rapid, point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are essential to mitigate the impacts of current (and future) epidemics; however, current methods for detecting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) require complicated laboratory tests that are generally conducted off-site and require substantial time. CRISPR-Cas systems have been harnessed to develop sensitive and specific platforms for nucleic acid detection. These detection platforms take advantage of CRISPR enzymes’ RNA-guided specificity for RNA and DNA targets and collateral trans activities on single-stranded RNA and DNA reporters. Microbial genomes possess an extensive range of CRISPR enzymes with different specificities and levels of collateral activity; identifying new enzymes may improve CRISPR-based diagnostics. We work to identify new Cas variants, and characterize its catalytic activity.
Program - BioEngineering
Division - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - Bioengineering

About the

Magdy Mahfouz

Magdy Mahfouz

Desired Project Deliverables

Training on different molecular biology techniques and comprehending the components and mechanisms of the CRSIPR-Cas systems.