The Nanbiotechnology for Diagnostics Group will participate in the FoodSmartPhone project which is part of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellowship


The Nb4D group forms part of the consortium for the Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Programme funded FoodSmartPhone project. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) support research training and career development focused on innovation skills.

The consortium has been built upon highly complementary disciplines: (bio)analytical chemists, biologists, physicists, micro-engineers, mathematicians and food chemists who will work together on the joint supra-disciplinary goal.

The goal is to develop a smartphone-based (bio)analytical sensing and diagnostic tool for the simplified on-site rapid pre-screening of food quality and safety parameters and stakeholders. This is due to the fact that currently the food quality and safety testing is inefficient, expensive and ineffective and is unable to ensure food safety for all consumers and is unable to prevent major food fraud incidents.

FoodSmartPhone provides a unique mix of exciting local PhD research covering all aspects of smartphone-based screening tools plus a wealth of network-wide science and innovation and transferrable skills training. The European Training Network (ETN) provides more than 14 network-wide and transferrable skills training events and a further 27 optional or mandatory intersectoral secondment opportunities. The ETN and results thereof will be widely disseminated to key stakeholders embedded in continuous education programmes and translated into a final exploitation plan. The scientific training in novel smartphone-based sensing technologies along with the complementary skills training provided will have a major impact on future EU monitoring practices thus improving food quality and safety.

The Nb4D  group will act as Work Package 1 leader on novel ligand binding assay concepts and will host two ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). The group will also host training events such as an advanced PhD course for the production of haptens and bioreceptors.
For more information on how to join this consortium check out the information in the Job Section.

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