Evangelyn Alocilja

Evangelyn C Alocilja
  • Professor
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
  • 524 S. Shawn Lane
  • Room 213 Farrall Hall
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-355-0083




Our goal is to protect lives through point-of-care field-operable nanostructured biosensors for the rapid diagnosis of infectious disease agents which are of concern to public health, homeland defense, food supply chain, and economic infrastructures. Complementary to these nano-devices are anti-counterfeiting detection systems for product authentication, serialization, and tamper-evidency.

The biosensor designs we are currently working on include electrochemical and optical sensing platforms using antibodies, DNA fragments, and biomimetic receptors as the biological sensing elements. Rapid detection of pathogens has potential for minimizing the deadly organisms from being passed on up the food chain and preventing their transfer from the source to the table. Beneficiaries of the technologies are the consumers, food industries, farm industries, tourism, and the homeland. Direct benefits to Michigan and the United States include a safer food supply, cleaner water system, a healthier population, and more energetic work force. Such benefits will translate to a better society, economy, and environment.


  • Developing biosensors and bioanalytical devices for detection and monitoring of microbial pathogens in farms, food, and the environment for biosafety and homeland security
  • Water quality
  • Food safety
  • Biosecurity
  • Infectious diseases
  • Biomimetics
  • Health
  • Engineering
  • Egriculture