Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Laurie Connell, Ph.D

University of Maine, School of Marine Science

The Use of Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNA) in Biosensors

Wednesday- May 21, 2008
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

As the demand for rapid and simple bio-detection technologies has increased, the use of DNA-probe analogs suitable for field applications have become a viable option for probe development. Peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) have been applied to a number of detection platforms and offer great potential. Dr. Laurie Connell is from the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. She has been involved with instrument development and the use of PNA for nearly a decade. Current research has focused on detection of the harmful alga Alexandrium as well as the potato pathogen and select agent Synchytrium endobioticum.


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