June 05, 2014

BioE Seminar Series: BIO Ventures for Global Health, Katy Graef

12:30pm-1:20pm | Foege N130A

Participating Company

  • Bio Ventures for Global Health logo

“Diseases, Patients, and Platforms – Diagnostics for the Developing World”

Talk Abstract

Diagnostics are an integral element of accurately identifying and effectively treating patients. These technologies have evolved significantly since the invention of the first light microscope – patients and healthcare providers now rely on a wide range of techniques spanning microscopy and bacterial culture to flow cytometry and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While these powerful – and often extremely expensive – methods are effective in diagnosing diseases in developed countries, patients living in low-resource, developing world settings usually require a different set of tools. Diagnostics for low income countries must consider such factors as cost, lack of electricity, component thermostability, end-user training, sample type, and the need for rapid, point-of-care technologies. Currently, diagnostics for infectious diseases common in the developing world – neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis – that address these factors, are limited. Cross-sector efforts, such as the WIPO Re:Search consortium, are addressing this dearth of diagnostics for these diseases of poverty. This seminar will discuss the diseases affecting populations living in the developing world and the healthcare centers within these regions. Technologies in development through WIPO Re:Search will be highlighted along with current products, as well as the technologies that are still required to address the needs of populations living in poverty.

Speaker Biography

Katy Graef, PhD, began working for BIO Ventures for Global Health in March 2013.  She took on a full time position as Manager, Special Projects in July 2013. Katy obtained her bachelor’s degree, Microbiology, honors, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington. She completed her PhD in Virology at the University of Oxford, through the NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program. Her graduate studies examined host-pathogen interactions of influenza viruses. Following her graduate work, she became a post-doctoral research fellow at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, where she studied tick-borne flaviviruses.

UW Bioengineering departmental seminars are held Thursdays during Winter and Spring quarter (January-June), and offer invited researchers a forum to discuss scientific problems related to bioengineering. Open discussion of problems is desired.

The seminar is open to members of the public and is also offered as an academic course (BIOEN 509).

BIOE-AP Event Parking Instructions

Thank you for joining us for the Industry Spotlight: Molecular & Cellular Engineering workshop, put on by the UW Bioengineering Affiliates Program!

Please stop at Gatehouse 6 on Columbia Road behind the UW Medical Center to receive a parking pass. Evening parking is $5.00 for the night. We will validate your parking.

The W.H. Foege Building is located adjacent to Health Sciences on the corner of 15th & NE Pacific.

Driving Directions to UW Gatehouse 6:

From I-5

- Take the NE 45th Street exit (#169)

-Turn onto NE 45th Street

-Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right

-Continue on 15th Ave NE to Columbia Rd and turn left

-Proceed to the Gatehouse to receive your parking assignment


From SR520

-Take the Montlake Boulevard exit

-Continue north on Montlake Blvd. and cross the drawbridge

-At the first traffic light after the bridge, turn left onto NE Pacific Street.

-Proceed west on NE Pacific to 15th Avenue NE, turn left on 15th Ave NE

-Continue to Columbia Rd and turn left

-Proceed to the Gatehouse to receive your parking assignment