The Biosensor group at UC Davis is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NSF and USDA to undertake research into the development of miniaturized, fast, sensitive biosensors for use in environmental research and monitoring, as well as securing our food supply against bioterror threats. The Superfund Basic Research Program within NIEHS supports research related to environmental health problems associated with hazardous waste sites. NSF supports work on the development of new materials for use in labeling biomolecules that can be used in biosensors. USDA funds research to detect bioterror agents such as botulinum toxin in food.


The Davis Biosensor group works closely with colleagues in biology to apply new methodologies in immunoassays and other techniques. The collaboration between groups is an essential feature of the UC Davis Superfund Basic Research Program and the USDA that supports this work.

The faculty in the group are drawn from a range of sub-disciplines within Engineering. 

Dr. Ian Kennedy -  Department Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group imkennedy@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Bruce Hammock (Director, UC Davis NIEHS Superfund Program) and co-workers – Entomology and the UCD Cancer Center

Additional support is offered through collaborations with colleagues in Materials Science, Land Air Water Resources,Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

© Ian M Kennedy 2012