Linda Powers

Research Interests

Linda Powers, PhD, and her team of bioengineers, have developed technology that enables people working in the field to rapidly monitor and identify microbes causing contamination in floors, water, and air; to detect bioterrorism agents; and to test for disease organisms such as those causing SARS and avian flu. Much of Dr. Powers’ work has commercial applications and can be used in protecting airports and borders, aiding pharmaceutical companies, and speeding water quality testing. Dr. Powers’ is currently working with NASA’s Spaceward Bound program on tests that may be part of a future Mars mission. Her lab is also focused on making less expensive diagnostics for HIV, TB, and malaria for field use in Third World countries.