ECBC scientist proposes new methods of detecting bioweapons

Calvin Chue, a new hire at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, is proposing new ideas to improve the ability of service members to detect chemical and biological threats in the field.

In one proposed project, Chue is working with Harry Salem, ECBC's chief scientist, to develop three-dimensional printed artificial human organ analogues. The micro-fluidic platform could replicate the human immunological condition to test how miniaturized organs respond to chemical and biological agents, the Dagger reports.

By testing the agents individually or in combination, the project could answer questions about how human organs respond when under biological or chemical duress.

"The main reason why I joined ECBC was because there is such a diversity of skills and capabilities available in one place," Chue said, according to the Dagger. "Having everything available in one location ensures the integration of a seamless end-to-end research and development process for any kind of chemical biological detector."

In another project, Chue teamed up with Tricia Buckley at ECBC to research a suite of smartphone modules that would let service members conduct chemical and biological agent testing, as well as on-site diagnostics, when in the field. The modules could help to identify chemical and biological threats and could send results to a command post or lab for a more complex analysis.

"Here at ECBC, we have the capability to conduct the research and turn our results into a practical, life-saving tool for the brave men and women that serve our country," Chue said, according to the Dagger. "There is no other place where this can be done."