MSU student researches DNA-based biosensors to detect swine fever viruses


Biosensors can quickly detect bacteria and viruses

November 3, 2022

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Chelsie BoodooPhD student at Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineeringof the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), is studying DNA-based gold nanoparticle biosensors to detect swine fever viruses, according to an MSU press release.

“Our biosensors can be used to rapidly detect bacteria and viruses which can help save lives and improve biosecurity,” Boodoo said. “There are many things you can do with a degree in biosystems and agricultural engineering. You can save lives in innovative ways and positively impact others.

Combining her communication skills with a love for science, she was inspired to help MSU students learn more about the value of science communication. This led to one of his best experiences, founding and co-hosting “The Sci Files” with Impact 89 FM, a student-run radio station based on MSU’s campus.

“As scientists, we’re usually taught that it’s our data that’s important, but if we can’t communicate that data effectively, we can’t actually reach the public or certain collaborators outside of academia,” he said. Boodoo.

“Usually people are encouraged to communicate their science only when they are up for an award at a conference or applying for funding,” Boodoo said. “By effectively communicating our science, we’re able to reach a lot further and we’re able to have a much deeper impact.

One of 2022 ACNR Alumni Association Scholarship recipients, Boodoo serves as a coordinator for the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnosis (GARD), is a student leader with the Association of Public Universities and Land Grants Commission on Economic and Community Engagement, and is a leader group for 500 Women in Science East Lansing. Additionally, she is a digital content creator for the MSU Science Festival and founded MSUSciComma student-run organization that enables students and young professionals to communicate on complex scientific topics.

After graduation, she aspires to continue her work with GARD on international biosafety and societal inequalities in disease control, which would also allow her to leverage her experience in science communication. In the long term, she would like to pursue a career in biosecurity in Washington, D.C.


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