Portable Optical Sensor for Rapid, Non-Invasive, and On-Site Diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB)


The project is funded by IGNITE, ICTRDF/TR&D/2016/42.

Project Timeline

The project started on Jan 1, 2018 and will end on Oct 31, 2020.

Executive Summary

In this project we will develop a portable optical sensor for on-site diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB); a disease which is known to every second household in Pakistan.One approach for TB diagnosis involves the detection of a TB-specific biomarker panel. The biomarkers can be present in blood, clinically developed culture sample, or breath of a patient infected with TB. Optical sensors leveraging spectroscopy, which are widely used in military and space applications, have a tremendous potential of providing an accurate, sensitive, and real time TB test. Here, we propose to develop a novel optical sensor that can analyze the breath of a patient for rapid and on-site TB diagnosis. The overall goal of the project is to develop an easy to use non-invasive, accurate, sensitive, and label free optical sensor that provides immediate TB diagnosis without the aid of specialized laboratory personnel. The sensor will also be easily portable to remote areas with lack of healthcare infrastructure.

Current Core Team Members