Congratulations to our PhD student, Shadman Khan, who is one of this year’s Vanier scholarship recipients!
Shadman is a student in the School of Biomedical Engineering developing biomedical materials and biosensors. He is currently working on smart food packaging capable of indicating bacterial contamination and food spoilage in real-time, to overcome our current reliance on predetermined expiry dates, which often lack accuracy. The platform aims to pattern target-responsive DNA entities onto food wraps for the detection of harmful pathogens without the need to open packaging. The proposed biosensor would significantly reduce the prevalence of foodborne illness, improve safety protocols in the food industry and reduce food waste.
He attributes his achievements thus far to the constant and unconditional support of his family and colleagues.