Carnegie Mellon University
August 26, 2016

Schneider receives $300k grant for DNA Analysis Methods

Schneider receives $300k grant for DNA Analysis Methods Chemical Engineering professor Jim Schneider has received a 3-yr., $295,389 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new strategies using nonionic surfactants to rapidly analyze kilobase-length DNA. While conventional gel-based methods take days to separate kilobase DNA, these new methods perform the same task in less than 5 minutes, and do so using inexpensive materials that are easily reused and are compatible with biological contaminants. Applications for this rapid DNA analysis technology include DNA sequencing, forensic identification, and use of ultrabright DNA-based fluorophores for detection of low-abundance cancer biomarkers.