Collaboration brings more sensitive design to sensor development

08 March, 2023

“The key to successful collaboration with clinicians is to spend time with them, getting to know exactly what they need,” says Sahika Inal, bioengineer at KAUST. “Creating tools for doctors to use at the point of interaction with patients requires full understanding of healthcare workflows and the expertise of the workforce. If you don’t have this, then the tools are likely to be ignored.”

Inal’s research focuses on the design of sensors that use biological components to recognize certain disease biomarkers in a single sample taken from a patient.

Inal and her team are collaborating closely with Ashraf Dada, Fatima Alhamlan and co-workers at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Saudi Arabia. The aim of the partnership is to help develop and trial bioelectronic sensors that will aid in cheap, accurate and rapid pathogen detection.

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Image: From left to right: Ashraf Dada, Sahika Inal and Stefan Arold at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah. ©KAUST 2023