URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Vincent T. Remcho, Department of Chemistry


Research Project Title: Low Cost, Paper Based Medical Diagnostics


Project Overview: 

Despite the key role of diagnostics, the development of point-of-care (POC) diagnostics tend to receive limited attention and support, and the typical tests that are developed to diagnose disease and monitor health in patients in industrialized nations are expensive and inappropriate for global health application.  An important part of the challenge is the design, production and distribution of diagnostic tests capable of operating under extreme field conditions, and cost well under $1.00 per test result delivered. In our lab, we are currently developing a cost effective reflectance colorimeter, which is capable of quantitating the colorimetric end points of paper based microfluidic diagnostic tests. Our goal is to produce a portable sensor system capable of use for a variety of diagnostic applications and the necessary automation to enable tests that are used “near-patients” that accepts samples with little or no pre-preparation, providing results within seconds to hours. This research focuses on the quantitation end of the 3rd world diagnostics assay integration problem, which will be a major step toward the development and distribution of quantitative diagnostic assays into the target 3rd world market.



What skills will students obtain in this project? 

The students will learn the skills to use a color camera in a smartphone to measure the color produced by paper based diagnostic tests. The students can enhance their research skills by actively working together under the guidance and supervision from graduate students and faculties within the research group. By participating in this research program, the students will learn how to conduct scientific literature searches, design experimental procedures, interpret results and generate new ideas based on their results.



Student research tasks: 

The student will focus his/her effort on evaluating and quantitating commercially available medical diagnostic assay slides (Ortho products) using a smartphone as a colorimetric detector. In addition, the student will be spending some time on general laboratory work that supports this project, data collection and analysis throughout the study.



Period of work - Spring and Fall


Number of hours per week expected of student:     10


Preferred Faculty Contact Information:

Dr. Vincent T. Remcho


(541) 737-8181


(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)


q Yes    x No:   Human Subjects 

q Yes    xNo:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    x  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    x  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    x  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    x  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    x  No:   Small Boating Operations

If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.