UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


London Centre for Nanotechnology

Research case study: Dial M for Medicine

Researchers at LCN are developing low cost, easy to use mobile phone-connected diagnostic tests based on advances in nanotechnology. 

The mobile tests aim to identify diseases with high sensitivity and specificity and give results within minutes from just a pin-prick of blood or a simple swab. 

Rapidly transmitting results into secure healthcare systems will alert doctors to potentially serious outbreaks with geographically linked information.

The UCL team are working on a smart-phone-connected prototype test (pictured) for HIV with industry partners OJ-Bio.