2021 AMI Online Salon

Lab in a box for COVID-19 Testing

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Mimi (Yuejun) Guo
  • Client:Faculty advisor: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: Mimi Guo, 2021
  • Medium/software used:Autodesk Maya and Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format:Journal cover
  • Primary Audience:Lay audience

Project Description

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increasing need for fast and reliable viral diagnostic testing. Synthetic biologists designed a freeze-dried biomolecular platform that contains gene-circuit-based sensors to detect the presence of viruses. The technique has been adapted into glucose meters to create portable and fast diagnostic testing that doesn’t require a highly-trained technician. It only needs a droplet of viral sample to revitalize gene sensors and trigger a visible detection signal. This 3D visualization was created to depict this new biotechnology, and to attract audiences in this field of research.