DCU has a world-class reputation for research in biomedical diagnostics and leads the largest diagnostics research institute in Ireland – the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, BDI.
- The core competencies of the BDI include:
- Biorecognition - the production of diverse antibody libraries against clinically relevant biomarkers of disease
- Transduction - the development of novel materials and combinations of electrochemical and photophysical approaches to detect low concentrations of targets in sample volumes within short periods of time
- Signal amplification – enhancing the fluorescence of biosensors and array biochips to increase signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and produce improved analyte sensitivity and lower limits of detection
- Microfluidics – the development of novel multi-force liquid handling schemes, (polymer) micro- and nanofabrication as well as system integration and automation
- Surface science – development of novel surface chemistries to enhance specificity, sensitivity and resistance to NSB