Virus Detection Gains Speed and Accuracy

See how researchers at Penn State combine electrical engineering and biomedical engineering to create a fast and accurate option for COVID virus detection.

“PCR test results take about an hour to develop in a lab, but you have to factor in the time it takes to send the sample to a lab and for the lab to process it,” said principal investigator Weihua Guan , associate professor of electrical engineering and of biomedical engineering in Penn State’s College of Engineering. “We wanted to create a viable alternative to the PCR for people to use at home, without having to endure the invasive nasal test.”