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Gagnon Receives NSF’s Early CAREER Award

January 17, 2014
Zachary Gagnon

Zachary Gagnon

Zachary Gagnon, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected by the National Science Foundation to receive its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes the high level of promise and excellence in early stage scholars.

The five-year grant of nearly $500,000 will support Gagnon’s work to develop inexpensive and portable biosensors for rapid, sensitive and label-free multiplexed biomolecular detection. Specifically, Gagnon’s work will focus on the development of novel electrokinetic biosensors for biomolecular detection at liquid interfaces. This work, a step toward miniaturizing biosensing systems and making them quicker, less expensive and easier to use, has important applications in preventing disease in developing countries, as well as potential applications in environmental monitoring, biowarefare/anti-terrorism work, point-of-care diagnostic testing and basic biological research.

Gagnon earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering 2003 at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his master’s and PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2005 and 2009 at University of Notre Dame. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 2009 to 2011, when he joined the Whiting School’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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