The Nugen Research Group focuses on the design and fabrication of biosensors for the detection of pathogenic organisms, allergens, adulterants and other analytes of interest to the food processing industry. 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 quantum 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. For details on current projects, please visit the Nugen Research Group website: www.umass.edu/biosensors.