Dr. Letha Sooter is an assistant professor at West Virginia University and a participant in the WVNano initiative.

She is researching bio-molecules that recognize and bind with specific targets. The goal is to develop biological sensors for the U.S. Military to detect and identify potential threats to soldiers and civilians, whether those threats are explosive, chemical, or biological.

The same technology might ultimately be used to create common household products to prevent food poisoning.

Read more about Dr. Sooter’s research in the Fall 2009 edition of the Neuron.

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