Camelback Alumni Participating in Genetics Competition

Posted by Community Relations Department at 9/26/2012

Camelback alumnus Abhinav Markus (2010 grad) is making a huge difference not only at ASU but possibly in developing countries, as well.   He is part of an interdisciplinary team of nine students participating in the 2012 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition that challenges students to design and build simple biological systems made from standard, interchangeable parts.  The ASU team is developing a low-cost biosensor that would detect contaminated drinking water.  It would detect bacteria that cause diarrhea, an affliction that kills as many as 1.5 million children worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization.  Markus is a biomedical engineering student in ASU’s Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering.  In October, the team will present is device at a regional competition at Stanford University.