Gustav Svedberg, Biotechnology
Novel planar and particle-based microarrays for point-of-care diagnostics
Gustav Svedberg will be defending his dissertation "Novel planar and particle-based microarrays for point-of-care diagnostics" on 22 March 2019.
What is your dissertation about?
It is about the development of new microarray technologies that allow for simultaneous detection of multiple diseaserelated biomolecules in a single measurement of a clinical sample. The goal is for these microarrays to be used for diagnostics in a point-of-care context, meaning that they should be easy to use, require minimal equipment and have rapid sample-to-result times.
Does it have any connection to KTH’s sustainability work and the global sustainable development goals?
This work is closely tied to the UNDP Sustainable Development Goal 3, “Good health and well being.” By developing new technological platforms that allow simple, inexpensive and rapid diagnostics to be carried out in low-resource environments, access to basic healthcare can potentially be improved in regions that e.g. are far away from the nearest hospital.
How can your results be used in the future?
Now that these new technologies have been developed and proven their utility in a small-scale laboratory setting, I hope that future work can focus on evaluating and improving their usability in real-life clinical situations. In the long term, of course, my hope is that these microarray setups can prove to be useful tools for point-of-care diagnostics the world over.