23rd December 2022
The Institute for Digital Molecular Analytics and Science (IDMxS) at the Nanyang Technological University was recently launched. The institute aims to advance the science behind analysing biological molecules such as proteins and carbohydrates, and develop the capabilities that will allow for real-time tracking of viral infections.
IDMxS will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyse and interpret the vast amount of information a biological sample provides. Among the possible applications of the technology is the development of a tool to identify the different disease-causing molecules in the blood. This would allow doctors to analyse a patient’s blood sample immediately using a smartphone camera.
Another project to be undertaken by the centre is the large-scale monitoring of insect-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria.