We are excited to report that multiple research projects in the department have garnered media attention. These projects include a low-cost analytical tool for use in under-developed regions and a new HPV test.
Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, was featured on ABC news for a new HPV test. While cases of HPV in young girls are declining after introduction of vaccines, many individuals are still infected with HPV, which can lead to a number of cancers including oral cancer. Currently, tests to detect HPV are expensive (around $48), but Stack’s research with collaborator Hsueh-Chia Chang, Bayer Professor of Engineering in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, could lead to tests to prescreen for HPV and oral cancer that are closer to $5 per test.