New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) has been awarded a grant of USD 150,000 by the State of New York to develop a Research and Technology Innovation Bioengineering Laboratory at its Old Westbury, Long Island campus.
The new lab facility is expected to enable engineering and life sciences faculty and students to tackle scientific problems ranging from fighting pathogenic bacteria to reducing negative environmental impacts from storm water. The grant for the laboratory will also support Long Island’s steady emergence as a hub for life sciences research and advancements in biotechnology.
Starting in fall 2018, four lead faculty members will use the lab to work with undergraduate and graduate students on:
- Experimenting with disease-causing bacteria strains to learn how best to combat them with bacteriophages
- Using nanotechnology to develop a highly sensitive biosensor for early detection of conditions like HIV and Zika
- Developing virtual reality environments to help water safety professionals visualize a hazardous site before actually stepping into it
- Optimizing genetic tools and developing engineering software suitable for tracking and classifying animal behaviors
NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences has also been awarded funds totaling more than USD 1 million in support of the school’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and associated job-creation and entrepreneurship efforts, as well as for the School’s Class 10,000 Clean Room and nanofabrication facility.