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Evangelyn C. Alocilja

Biosensor Technologist, 2012 Innovator of the Year award for Biosensor Technology

Expertise: Biosystems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Manufacturing Technology, Nanotechnology

Dr. Evangelyn C. Alocilja is recognized for her important contributions in the field of a Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and an adjunct professor in the Institute of International Health at Michigan State University. She has formal training in chemistry (BS, Silliman University, Philippines), soil chemistry and plant physiology (MS, University of the Philippines Los Banos), and systems science and electrical engineering (MS and PhD, Michigan State University). Her research focus is on the development of field-operable nanotechnology-based biosensors for global health, homeland security, food and water safety, and product integrity in resource-limited settings. She is the program director of the Nano-Biosensors Lab at MSU. As PI or co-PI in several federal and state-funded projects, she is a pioneer in nanoparticle-based biosensing technologies and has four US patents in this area. She is a highly published scholar with 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles and proceedings and a highly sought conference speaker. She is also an effective teacher having won two awards in teaching, such as the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Teaching Materials and Methods in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and a 1995 Withrow Teaching Excellence Award from MSU. She has successfully mentored undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs who are now leaders in their own fields. She has also trained three high school teachers to develop science high school curricula in nanotechnology and biosensors. In 2012, Dr. Alocilja received the Innovator of the Year Award from MSU. In 2013, Dr. Alocilja’s technology was featured in the Science of Innovation Series: Anti-counterfeiting Devices, by the National Science Foundation, US Patent Office, and NBC learn.

Affiliation

Associate Professor, Biosystems Engineering Dept. Of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, USA

Association

    • Sigma Xi, Member
    • The Scientific Research Society, Member
    • The Honor Society of International Scholars, Member
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
    • Phi Beta Delta, Member

Award

    • Balik Scientist Award, DOST, 2009
    • 2012 Innovator of the Year award for biosensor technology, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, MSU, 2012 Ap
    • Recepient of three (3) Patents,

Research

    • NANOPARTICLE TRACER-BASED ELECTROCHEMICAL DNA SENSOR FOR DETECTION OF PATHOGENS-AMPLIFICATION BY A UNIVERSAL NANO-TRACER (AUNT) (Patent) [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Design and characterization of a silver-enhanced gold nanoparticle-based biochip, IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
    • Exploiting Sub-threshold and above-threshold characteristics in a silver-enhanced gold nanoparticle based biochip, Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    • A multiplexed biosensor based on biomolecular nanowires, IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
    • Bioluminescent Sensors for Onsite Non-specific Screening of Toxic Agents in Food and Water, IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security
    • A Multichannel Femtoampere-sensitivity Conductometric Array for Biosensing Applications, Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    • Process network theory, IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics

Education

    • Michigan State University, Michigan, USA, Postdoctorate in Biosystems Engineering, 1990
    • Michigan State University, Michigan, USA, PhD in Systems Science/Electrical Engineering, 1987
    • Michigan State University, Michigan, USA, MS in Systems Science/Electrical Engineering, 1983
    • UP Los Baños, College, Laguna, MS in Soil Chemistry/ Plant Physiology, 1981
    • Siliman University, San Carlos City, BS Chemistry (Cum Laude), 1973

Publication

    • Srinivasan, S., Aslan, A., Xagoraraki, I., Alocilja, E., Rose, J.B., (2011) Escherichia coli, enterococci, and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron qPCR signals through waste water and septage treatment
    • Water Research Volume 45, No. 8
    • Zhang, D., Anderson, M.J., Huarng, M.C., Alocilja, E.C., (2011) Nanoparticle-Based Biobarcoded DNA sensor for the Rapid Detection of pagA Gene of Bacillus Anthracis
    • IEEE Transactions of Nanotechnology Volume 10, No. 6
    • Anderson, M.J., Zhang, D., Alocilja, E.C., (2011) Spectral and Electrical Nanoparticle-Based Molecular Detection of Bacillus Anthracis Using Copolymer Mass Amplification
    • IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology Volume 10, No. 1
    • Torres-Chavolla, E., Alocilja, E.C., (2011) Nanoparticle based DNA biosensor for tuberculosis detection using thermophilic helicase-dependent isothermal amplification
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 11
    • Setterington, E.B., Alocilja, E.C., (2011) Rapid electrochemical detection of polyaniline-labeled Escherichia coli O157:H7
    • Biosensors and Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 5
    • Alpatova, A.L., Shan, W., Babica, P., Upham, B.L., Rogensues, A.R., Masten, S.J., Drown, E., Mohanty, A.K., Alocilja, E.C., Tarabara, V.V., (2010) Single-walled carbon nanotubes dispersed in aqueous media via non-covalent functionalization: Effect of dispersant on the stability, cytotoxicity, and epigenetic toxicity of nanotube suspensions
    • Water Research Volume 44, No. 2
    • Torres-Chavolla, E., Ranasinghe, R.J., Alocilja, E.C., (2010) Characterization and Functionalization of Biogenic Gold Nanoparticles for Biosensing Enhancement
    • IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology Volume 9, No. 5
    • Luo, Y., Nartker, S., Miller, H., Hochhalter, D., Wiederoder, M., Wiederoder, S., Setterington, E., Drzal, L.T., Alocilja, E.C., (2010) Surface functionalization of electrospun nanofibers for detecting E. coli O157:H7 and BVDV cells in a direct-charge transfer biosensor
    • Biosensors and Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 4
    • Kamikawa, T.L., Mikolajczyk, M.G., Kennedy, M., Zhang, P., Wang, W., Scott, D.E., Alocilja, E.C., (2010) Nanoparticle-based biosensor for the detection of emerging pandemic influenza strains
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 4
    • LiuDeng, Y., Deng, Z. D., Alocilja, E.C., Chakrabartty, S., (2010) Biomolecules Detection Using a Silver-Enhanced Gold Nanoparticle-Based Biochip
    • Nanoscale Research Letters Volume 5, No. 3
    • Liu, Y., Ming Gu, M., Alocilja, E.C., Chakrabartty, S., (2010) Co-detection: Ultra-reliable nanoparticle-based electrical detection of biomolecules in the presence of large background interference
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 3
    • Zhang, D., Huarng, M.C., Alocilja, E.C., (2010) A multiplex nanoparticle-based bio-barcoded DNA sensor for the simultaneous detection of multiple pathogens
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 4
    • Joon-Hyung Jin, Alocilja, E.C., Grooms, D.L., (2010) Fabrication and electroanalytical characterization of label-free DNA sensor based on direct electropolymerization of pyrrole on p-type porous silicon substrates
    • Journal of Porous Materials Volume 17, No. 2
    • Pal,S., Alocilja, E.C., (2010) Electrically active magnetic nanoparticles as novel concentrator and electrochemical redox transducer in Bacillus anthracis DNA detection
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 26, No. 4
    • Zhang, D., Carr, D.J., Alocilja, E.C., (2009) Fluorescent bio-barcode DNA assay for the detection of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 24, No. 5
    • Sudeshna Pal, S., Alocilja, E.C., (2009) Electrically active polyaniline coated magnetic (EAPM) nanoparticle as novel transducer in biosensor for detection of Bacillus anthracis spores in food samples
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 24, No. 5
    • Torres-Chavolla, E., Alocilja, E.C., (2009) Aptasensors for detection of microbial and viral pathogens
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 24, No. 11
    • Jong Seol Yuk, Joon-Hyung Jin, Alocilja, E.C., Rose, J.B., (2009) Performance enhancement of polyaniline-based polymeric wire biosensor
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 24, No. 5
    • Cabaraban, M.T.I., Khire, M.V., Alocilja, E.C., (2008) Aerobic in-vessel composting versus bioreactor landfilling using life cycle inventory models
    • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Volume 10, No. 1
    • Zhang, D., Alocilja, E.C., (2008) Characterization of Nanoporous Silicon-Based DNA Biosensor for the Detection of Salmonella Enteritidis
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 8, No. 6
    • Pal, S., Ying, W., Alocilja, E.C., Downes, F.P., (2008) Sensitivity and specificity performance of a direct-charge transfer biosensor for detecting Bacillus cereus in selected food matrices
    • Biosystems Engineering Volume 99, No. 4
    • Liu, Y., Gore, A., Chakrabartty, S., Alocilja, E.C., (2008) Characterization of sub-systems of a molecular biowire-based biosensor device
    • Mikrochimica Acta Volume 163, No. 1
    • Pal, S., Setterington, E.B., Alocilja, E.B., (2008) Electrically Active Magnetic Nanoparticles for Concentrating and Detecting Bacillus anthracis Spores in a Direct-Charge Transfer Biosensor
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 8, No. 6
    • Okafor, C., Grooms, D., Alocilja, E.C., Bolin, S., (2008) Fabrication of a Novel Conductometric Biosensor for Detecting Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis Antibodies
    • Sensors Volume 8, No. 9
    • Joon-Hyung Jin, Deng Zhang, Alocilja, E.C., Grooms, D.L., (2008) Label-Free DNA Sensor on Nanoporous Silicon-Polypyrrole Chip for Monitoring Salmonella Species
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 8, No. 6
    • Liu, Y., Alocilja, E.C., Chakrabartty, S., (2008) Forward error correcting biosensors: Modeling, algorithms and fabrication
    • IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems
    • Liu, Y., Chakrabartty, S., Alocilja, E.C., (2007) Fundamental building blocks for molecular biowire based forward error-correcting biosensors
    • Nanotechnology Volume 18, No. 42
    • Pal, S., Alocilja, E.C., Downes, F.P., (2007) Nanowire labeled direct-charge transfer biosensor for detecting Bacillus species
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 22, No. 9
    • Liu, Y., Gore, A., Chakrabartty, S., Alocilja, E.C., (2007) A Molecular bio-wire based multi-array biosensor with integrated potentiostat
    • IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems
    • Tahir, Z.M., Alocilja, E.C., Grooms, D.L., (2007) Indium Tin Oxide-Polyaniline Biosensor: Fabrication and Characterization
    • Sensors Volume 7, No. 7
    • Lisa M. Kindschy, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2007) Development of a Molecularly Imprinted Biomimetic Electrode
    • Sensors Volume 7, No. 8
    • Evangelyn C. Alocilja, T. McLean, (2007) Bioluminescent Sensors for Onsite Non-specific Screening of Toxic Agents in Food and Water
    • IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security
    • Amit Gore, Shantanu Chakrabartty, Sudeshna Pal, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2006) A Multichannel Femtoampere-Sensitivity Potentiostat Array for Biosensing Applications
    • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I-regular Papers Volume 53, No. 11
    • Zuo, Y., Chakrabartty, S., Muhammad-Tahir, Z., Pal, S., Alocilja, E.C., (2006) Spatio-Temporal Processing for Multichannel Biosensors Using Support Vector Machines
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 6, No. 6
    • Amit Gore, Shantanu Chakrabartty, Sudeshna Pal, Evangelyn Alocilja, (2006) A Multichannel Femtoampere-sensitivity Conductometric Array for Biosensing Applications
    • Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    • Z. Muhammad-Tahir, E. C. Alocilja, (2006) Corrigendum to: ?A Disposable Biosensor for Pathogen Detection in Fresh Produce Samples?
    • Biosystems Engineering Volume 93, No. 1
    • Stephen M. Radke, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2005) A microfabricated biosensor for detecting foodborne bioterrorism agents
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 20, No. 8
    • Stephen M. Radke, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2005) A high density microelectrode array biosensor for detection of E. coli O157:H7
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 20, No. 8
    • Finny P. Mathew, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2005) Porous silicon-based biosensor for pathogen detection
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 20, No. 8
    • Zarini Muhammad Tahir, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Daniel L. Grooms, (2005) Polyaniline synthesis and its biosensor application
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 20, No. 8
    • Zarini Muhammad-Tahir, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Daniel L. Grooms, (2005) Rapid detection of bovine viral diarrhea virus as surrogate of bioterrorism agents
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 5, No. 4
    • Maria I. Rodríguez, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2005) Embedded DNA-polypyrrole biosensor for rapid detection of Escherichia Coli
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 5, No. 4
    • Lisa M. Kindschy, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2005) A molecularly imprinted polymer on indium tin oxide and silicon
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 20, No. 10
    • Stephen M. Radke, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2004) Design and fabrication of a microimpedance biosensor for bacterial detection
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 4, No. 4
    • Z. Muhammad-Tahir, E. C. Alocilja, (2004) A Disposable Biosensor for Pathogen Detection in Fresh Produce Samples
    • Biosystems Engineering Volume 88, No. 2
    • Zarini Muhammad-Tahir, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2003) Fabrication of a disposable biosensor for Escherichia Coli O157:H7 detection (Citations: 25)
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 3, No. 4
    • Finny P. Mathew, F.P., Deepa Alagesan, D., Alocilja, E.C., (2004) Chemiluminescence detection ofEscherichia coli in fresh produce obtained from different sources
    • Luminescence Volume 19, No. 4
    • Zarini Muhammad-Tahir, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2003) A conductometric biosensor for biosecurity
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 18, No. 5
    • Alocilja, E.C., Radke, S.M., (2003) Market analysis of biosensors for food safety
    • Biosensors & Bioelectronics Volume 18, No. 5
    • Evangelyn C. Alocilja, Nichole L. Ritchie, Daniel L. Grooms, (2003) Protocol development using an electronic nose for differentiating E. coli strains
    • IEEE Sensors Journal Volume 3, No. 6
    • Mathew, F.P., Alocilja, E.C., (2003) Fabrication of porous silicon-based biosensor
    • IEEE - SENSORS
    • Finny P. Mathew, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2002) Photon based sensing of pathogens in food
    • IEEE - SENSORS
    • Zarini Muhammad Tahir, Evangelyn C. Alocilja, (2002) A disposable membrane strip immunosensor
    • IEEE - SENSORS
    • Fei Ni Tuang, Rademaker, J.L.W., Alocilja, E.C., Louws, F.J., Frans J. Bruijn, F.J., (1999) Identification of bacterial rep-PCR genomic fingerprints using a backpropagation neural network
    • Fems Microbiology Letters Volume 177, No. 2
    • Alociljá, E., (1997) SWAGMAN Options: A hierarchical multicriteria framework to identify profitable land uses that minimize water table rise and salinization
    • Applied Mathematics and Computation Volume 83, No. 2
    • Setterington, E.B., Cloutier, B.C., Ochoa, J.M., Cloutier, A.K., Jain, P., Alocilja, E.C., (2011) Rapid, sensitive, and specific immunomagnetic separation of foodborne pathogens
    • International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health Volume 4, No. 1
    • Kamikawa, T.L., Mikolajczyk, M.G., Kennedy, M., Zhong, L., Zhang, P., Setterington, E., Scott, D.E., and Alocilja, E.C., (2011) Pandemic influenza detection by electrically active magnetic nanoparticles and surface Plasmon resonance (accepted for publication)
    • IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology
    • Alocilja, E.C. et al., (2012) Pandemic Influenza Detection by Electrically Active Magnetic Nanoparticles and Surface Plasmon Resonance Tracy L. Kamikawa, Malgorzata G. Mikolajczyk, Michael Kennedy, Lilin Zhong, Pei Zhang, Emma B. Setterington, Dorothy E. Scott, Evangelyn C. Alocilja
    • IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology - IEEE TRANS NANOTECHNOL Volume 11, No. 1