Sam R. Nugen, Ph.D.
246 Chenoweth Labs
Department of Food Science
Amherst, MA 01003
P: (413) 545-1025
F: (413) 545-1262
to the Nugen Research Group at UMass Amherst
The NRG, led by Professor Sam Nugen, is located in Chenoweth
Hall in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. Our research focuses on the design and fabrication of biosensors
for the detection of pathogenic organisms, allergens, adulterants
and other analytes of interest.
We are currently designing inexpensive micro total analysis systems
(µTAS) which will permit rapid on-site screening for food pathogens and toxins. Such “Lab on a Chip” devices,
in combination with traditional benchtop detection methods, could
reduce product recalls and foodborne outbreaks while paving the
way for research into novel processes and improvements in
efficiency and yield. The nature of our research is highly interdisciplinary,
merging technologies from the fields of nanobiotechnology, microfabrication,
molecular genetics, biochemistry, and material science.