École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne

Professor / supervisor: Renaud Philippe

We are a team of 9 motivated Master students studying Microengineering, Bioengineering and Life Sciences representing the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The interdisciplinary nature of the SensUs competition brought us together, and we are looking forward to learn from each other.

The theme of this year’s project, antibiotics, resonated with every member of the team since it is so talked about today. The requirement to treat patients with increasingly strong and harmful antibiotics due to the emergence of resistant strains of bacteria implies the development of tools to monitor them precisely. We therefore aim to develop a reliable, fast and inexpensive point-of-care biosensor for Vancomycin by exploring different detection techniques.

We are really excited to tackle a real-world problem and apply the knowledge that we gained from our different backgrounds!