Molecular Biology Alumna Helps Develop Ebola Virus Rapid Test

 Molecular Biology Alumna Helps Develop Ebola Virus Rapid Test

Early detection of any illness is key to effective treatment, and that’s what makes biomedical researchers around the world lifesavers. Krystle Agans ’05 is a life-saving Panther who recently helped develop a new rapid test for the Ebola virus, using the D4 assay, that someday could make the difference in whether a patient is treated in time or not. 

Agans is a biocontainment research associate III at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. Working alongside teams from UTMB, Duke University and the Galveston National Laboratory, Agans performed the testing of Ebola samples and the RT-PCR testing—the industry’s current gold standard—used as a comparative method of detection. She also developed the experimental design for validation of the device. 

“Currently used RT-PCR requires cold storage, excessive sample manipulation and up to six days for results. The D4 can give results…

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