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The Center for Advanced Sensor Technology promotes the development of optical based sensors for biomedical, bioprocess, environmental and homeland defense applications.

We are a multidisciplinary group of chemists, molecular biologists, electrical engineers and chemical and biochemical engineers.

Our main objective is to create innovative sensor technology that is high throughput and low-cost amenable for transfer to industry counterparts.


The Center for Advanced Sensor Technology has 2,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space in the Technology Research Center (TRC Building) on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus.The facilities include a cold room for protein purification, analytical equipment, spectrophotometers, glucose / lactate / glutamine analyzers, spectrofluorimeters, etc. Cell culture and fermentation equipment includes three 5-liter bioreactors, laminar flow hoods, centrifuges, shakers, incubators, microscopes, etc. Space is available for chemical synthesis including hoods, gas lines, vacuum equipment, etc…