Heldt lab

Welcome to the Heldt Bioseparations Laboratory at Michigan Tech!

The Heldt Bioseparations Lab at Michigan Tech is interested in exploiting surface chemistry to (i) remove and/or purify pathogens and toxins from water and food, (ii) detect pathogens and toxins quickly and easily with point-of-care devices, and (iii) discovering natural antiviral compounds while (iv) educating students in chemical and biological engineering.  We currently work with several viruses to give us a range of sizes, chemical stabilities, and membrane properties that allow us to determine techniques that produce the desired effect in virus removal, purification, and detection systems. 

As recently stated in PNAS (Rappuoli et al. 2014):
"Vaccination is the most effective medical intervention ever introduced and, together with clean water and sanitation, it has eliminated a large part of the infectious diseases that once killed millions of people."

Major Awards
General Research Areas                        
                                                                       
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular recognition
  • Virus structure
  • Antiviral compounds
  • Virus removal and purification                           

Recent Lab News

  • Welcome Hassan to the lab (Jan 2018)
  • Congratulations to Cam for placing 1st in the poster session for the External Advisory Board (Sept 2017)
  • Great video on our NSF IRES Denmark research! (Sept 2017)
  • Dr. Heldt was recently added to the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Progress (April 2017)
  • Congratulations to Amna, Saagar and Xue for publishing a paper on virus hydrophobicity (April 2017). The paper was highlighted in Science Daily, Science News and was the top story at NSF's Science 360.
  • Congratulations to Matt Weiss for placing 3rd in the poster session for the External Advisory Board (Oct 2016)
  • Congratulations to Ashish Saksule on his successful M.S. defense (Oct 2016)
  • A cool little piece on our work: http://www.mtu.edu/unscripted/stories/2016/june/purify-virus.html (June 2016)
  • Welcome Dylan to the lab (May 2016)





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