White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a debilitating disease that has eradicated 5.5 million to 6.7 million bats since 2006. As a result, several bat species risk extinction if immediate measures are not taken to expedite the study of WNS. Current techniques employ single-use equipments, which require multiple steps to collect tissue samples. However, these techniques are inefficient in time and resources for it requires multiple people, devices, and procedures to collect a single sample from a bat. Our designed biopsy punch replaces the traditional multi-step sampling procedure. Our device is based on a reusable system of cartridges, which combines the collection, transfer, and storage of the sample into one step.
Bat Wing Biopsy Pen to Collect Tissue Explants for
Studying White Nose Syndrome
Advisor: Dr. Guna Selvaduray
Authors: Sam Charles, Juan C. Pacheco, Shreejit Padmanabhan, Vincent Trung, Shkayb Tutakhil