Associate Professor Jo Stanton

Assoc. Prof Jo-Ann Stanton

My team and I develop point-of-need diagnostics. We create simple to operate devices that deliver in field sample-to-answer molecular diagnostic results for non-expert users. To illustrate: 1) Two devices have been commercialized through a University of Otago spin out biotech company, Ubiquitome Ltd. 2) A DNA extraction system was co-developed with ZyGEM NZ Ltd and is now commercially available from MicroGEM NZ. 3) A new sample-to-answer solution for in field detection of COVID-19 is currently undergoing evaluation by the US FDA Emergency Use Authorization scheme. Our current work is focused on point-of-need testing of eDNA samples to detect marine biosecurity threats and fresh water microbial pathogens.