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Chris Aurand


Educational Background:

B.S. Food Science, 2007,  University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M.S. Food Science, 2009, University of Massachusetts, Amhurst

Research Focus:

Chris is engineering commensal bacteria to detect the early stages of Cardiovascular Disease.  Evidence indicates that the early stages of CVD can be detected by specific markers of the disease.  These markers are either directly secreted into the gut or induce other molecules to be released into the gut which can be detected by the engineered bacteria.  The bacteria integrate these signals and if the signals are significantly different from the specified thresholds established for CVD the bacteria will indicate to the host that they may be in the early stages of CVD.