Jaffalie Twaibu

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Lilongwe, Malawi

Graduation date: Spring 2019

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FURI | Fall 2018

a Blood Based Diagnostic Approach for Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a threat to millions of people, partly due to poor sputum-based diagnostic techniques, which poses detection limitations to susceptible victims, such as pediatrics, Extrapulmonary TB and HIV positive patients. As such, the World Health Organization has called for better methods of diagnosing Tuberculosis. A blood-based Mass Spectrometry (MS) assay has proved inclusiveness and excellent results in sensitivity and specificity of Tuberculosis biomarkers(antigens), more than prevalent methods. The objective of this study is to validate and optimize the use of the blood-based MS assay for clinical translation as a standard approach for diagnosis and therapy monitoring of Tuberculosis.

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