Liza Rassaei Awardee of Delft Global Fellowship

News - 19 September 2016 - Communication TNW

Dr. Liza Rassaei from the Department of Chemical Engineering has been awarded the Delft Global Fellowship to work on diagnosis of tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death globally. In 2014, more than nine million people were infected with TB and 1.1 million people died. These statistics indicate an urgent need for timely diagnosis and treatment of TB. Despite all efforts, a simple, portable TB diagnosis device accessible to infected (or suspected) patients lacks to date. 


Liza Rassaei partners with researchers in South Africa and Nigeria to develop a simple handheld device for diagnosis of tuberculosis. Her approach relies on simple electrochemical detection which allows further integration with portable electronics such as smartphones, in collaboration with Professor Kouchi Zhang at EWI. You can find the full story about her ambition here.

About the Initiative
The TU Delft Global Initiative supports creative, out-of-the-box scientific and technological innovations addressing global societal challenges to improve the lives of people living in poverty.  

Scientists from Delft University of Technology use their expertise to find concrete solutions for problems faced by people in developing countries. They combine the cutting-edge science and technology to find solutions that will benefit everyone. They aim to create an impact and improve people‚Äôs lives in close partnership with local scientists and entrepreneurs.