Applegate, Bruce Michael

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Smartphone-Based Device for Bioluminescence Detection
  1. Biotechnology
  2. Food and Nutrition
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Innovative Rapid Cooling Technology for Thermally Processed Food
  1. Food and Nutrition
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Solar Ultraviolet Disinfection System for Safe Drinking Water
  1. Agriculture
  2. Green Technology
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Dr. Bruce Applegate is a Professor of Food Science at Purdue University. Dr. Applegate earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. In 2009, he received the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board Award. He is also a microbial ecologist with expertise in the construction and use of bioluminescence technologies, metabolic engineering, and other genetic tools. Dr. Applegate's research interests include the development of methods for the capture and detection of foodborne pathogens using bacteriophages, polymer-immobilized phage, multiplex detection platforms, and fluorescence resonance energy transfer in spatial detection format. He is also interested in bioreporter-based chemical biosensors for the detection of chemical threat agents and reducing the contamination of milk and produce using bacteriophage.

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