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Cindy Bruckner-Lea, Manager
Phone: (509) 375-4460
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The research within the Biodefense team is primarily focused on biodetection and bioforensics. Research areas in biodetection include: automated sample preparation for the trace detection of pathogens in complex samples, development of rapid methods for biodetection, development of new methods for the simultaneous detection of multiple pathogens, and the development of approaches for the discovery and analysis of biosignatures for the detection of host response. Research areas in bioforensics include: effective sample collection and preservation methods, sample preparation and extraction, the application of analytical methods (e.g., GC and LC separations, isotope ratio mass spectrometry, MALDI mass spectrometry, FTIR, etc), and integrated data analysis approaches for biological attribution.

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