T.E.S.T. 2020 is a student team which develops a biosensor device that is used to measure the
concentration of Valproate (an anti-epileptic drug). The goal of such a device is to improve the
life of the patient by actively monitoring the drug concentrations in the blood of the patient.
T.E.S.T. is still looking for members, especially Physics and Electrical Engineering students. T.E.S.T. is a great opportunity to come into contact with research and gain practical experience in a multidisciplinary team.
From scratch a biosensor device is designed and produced. The technical tasks which are part of developing the device are: developing a micro fluidical system, creating an optical setup, building hardware, writing software, and modeling the exterior of the sensor. You will have your own dedicated budget and you will have complete freedom in the design of the device. The illustration is an example of our set-up of 2018
The first step of the development process is choosing a biochemical assay, followed by developing this method in the chemical lab and the above mentioned technical tasks. You can also improve your soft skills, like pitching, networking, planning and leadership.
If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would rather organize the competition T.E.S.T. takes part in, joining Sensus might be more suitable for you.
To join T.E.S.T., please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae to Leo van IJzendoorn (L.J.email@example.com). Based on your motivation letter you will be invited for an interview.
Your motivation letter should include at least the following:
- Introduce yourself (your bachelor / master program, year of study)
- Why do you want to join T.E.S.T.?
- What do you expect from T.E.S.T. and what do you want to learn?
- What do you have to offer? (Here you can mention relevant courses and activities you have done in the past)
We are student team T.E.S.T. (TU Eindhoven Sensing Team) which represents the Netherlands during the 2019 SensUs competition. Our interdisciplinary team consists of 13 students from Eindhoven University of Technology including second- and third-year bachelor and first-year master students from the following majors: Medical Sciences and Technology, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. The challenge of SensUs 2019 is to develop a biosensor for the medicine Adalimumab, sold as Humira. This drug is used to fight rheumatoid arthritis. This is a chronic inflammatory disorder that is characterized by inflammation of the synovium of small joints, like the hands and feet, which leads to the destruction of articular cartilage and bone. The cause of this disorder is not well understood, but the overexpression of proinflammatory cytokines plays an important role. One cytokine that plays a key role is TNF-alfa, Adalimumab binds specifically to this cytokine. The competition will take place in Augustus 2019 and everyone is welcome to visit. For more information about the SensUs competition, click here.
The first meeting of our team.
We picked bioluminescence as our method to base our sensor on.
We started working in the lab of Chemical Biology on the Tu/e campus. We have practised making proteins and will continue working on this until the end of next week. Afterwards, we are hoping to start by performing our own experiments.
Biorad is our first acquired partner.
The assay is working, now we will continue to optimize it!
We have Promega as a new partner.
We have ICT as a new partner.
We won 2 prizes! The first place in analytical performance and the first place in creativity. The whole team is really proud to end up with such amazing results. We want to thank our supervisers Leo van IJzendoorn, Rafiq Lubken and Claudia Schot. Also we couldn't have done it without the help of Maarten Merkx, Yan Ni, Bart Timmermans, Sophia Shanko, Willem Rovers, Ivar de Vries and our sponsors.
Are you enthousiastic about biosensors and doing research? We are currently looking for members for T.E.S.T. 2020. If you are interested or want more information, don't hestitate to email us.