Journal of Undergraduate Research


RAPID, biosensor screening, blood, urine


Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Chemical Engineering


Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) have led to worldwide health problems, including cancers, developmental disorders, and reproductive disorders. A recent study estimates that annual health and economic costs caused by EDCs in the European Union is $200 Billion and that the costs are even greater in the US (1). This is largely due to the extensive number of undetected Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) that we come into contact with on a daily basis. EDCs have been found in dietary, environmental, and household chemicals. Despite this only a handful of EDCs have been characterized. The purpose of this project is to optimize a newly developed fast, inexpensive EDC biosensor, termed Rapid Adaptable Portable In-vitro Detection (RAPID) so that it can be used in human blood and urine. The project purpose of screening for EDCs in blood and urine was accomplished much quicker in the lab than we had originally planned for. This led to us finding another way we could accomplish our overall goal of optimizing our RAPID Biosensor through increasing the biosensors sensitivity and decreasing the price of our procedure.