Bioscience Student Joined ASU Genetics Team

Posted by Community Relations Department on 9/26/2012

Carlos Alvarado is just a senior in high school, but during his summer internship at ASU, he joined a team of college students that is researching the development of a low-cost biosensor that would detect contaminated drinking water.  He is part of a nine-person team that is competing in the 2012 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition that challenges students to design and build simple biological systems.  The biosensor could identify bacteria that cause diarrheal disease, the world’s second-leading cause of death in children under five years old.  The team will present at the regional event in October at Stanford University.