Biomeme, Cornell, & Safer Beaches

Ruth Richardson Ph.D., an Associate Professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University, is working with Biomeme to develop a new water monitoring technology that could significantly reduce the time that swim areas must close when water is suspected of being unswimmable due to bacteria levels.

Richardson's lab is utilizing Biomeme's portable real-time PCR Franklin™ thermocycler which allows you to test up to 27 samples and field-ready lyophilized Go-Strips. This allows the team to achieve gold-standard results at the point-of-sample. This approach to testing could lower the time to result for beach water tests from 24 to 30 hours down to 90 minutes or less. This improvement will allow for better monitoring of biological water quality. In addition, having fast accurate results can allow for real-time safety measures to be taken. 

PHOTO CREDIT LINDSAY HADLOCK / CORNELL UNIVERSITY CREDIT LINDSAY HADLOCK / CORNELL UNIVERSITY

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Richardson was also interviewed by NPR affiliate WAER's Scott Willis about her work:

“It’s done on a handheld device that you charge before you head out into the field and runs off of cellphones," Richardson said. "The cellphone runs off of the software and collects the data.  So, it’s rapid, but it also can be done right on sight. There is no need to transport to a centralized laboratory.”

For the full interview visit WAER's website.

To learn more about the project read this article from the Cornell Chronicle.


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