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NSF highlights opportunities in sentinel cells for surveillance and response to emergent infectious diseases


July 16, 2020

With increased contact between humans and animals, environmental pressures, stochastic mutation and evolutionary processes, the probability that new infectious diseases will emerge is almost certain. There is an opportunity to use the power of synthetic biology, cellular engineering, biosensing, and immunoengineering, and other approaches at the intersection of biology and engineering to address this new threat.

NSF highlights the interest of existing programs in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) in interdisciplinary research for the development of novel biological platforms that are capable of sensing and responding to emerging infectious agents.

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Sentinel Cells for Surveillance and Response to Emergent Infectious Diseases (Sentinels) (NSF 20-105).

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