Faculty Advisor

Reidinger, Amanda Zoe


Malaria is a parasitic disease that infects over 200 million people and kills about half a million people per year. Lack of proper diagnosis is a major barrier to effective treatment and maintenance of the disease. Malaria causes nonspecific symptoms including fever and nausea making clinical diagnosis difficult. Current diagnostic tools are too expensive or are inaccurate in providing the correct diagnosis. The goal of this project was to create a malarial diagnostic tool to be used in low resource regions with a high prevalence of malaria. A microfluidics device that utilizes magnetic cell separation to identify the presence of malaria infected cells was developed. The device was designed to be accurate, low cost, durable, easy to use, fast, and minimally invasive.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering