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March, 2024

Researchers have designed a platform to perform blood-based diagnoses of nontuberculosis mycobacteria, simplifying and shortening a long-complicated procedure from 6 months to 2 hours. Rapid, accurate diagnosis has never been more important as cases of NTM infections have continued to increase annually, spreading from subtropical regions to more temperate zones in part due to global climate change.

Dec, 2023

Tulane University researchers Tony Hu, PhD, and David Coy, PhD, have been named Fellows by the National Academy of Inventors, a prestigious distinction honoring the nation’s brightest and most impactful innovators.


March, 2023

Tony Hu, PhD has recently been admitted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, one of the most prestigious positions offered in the field of biomedical engineering.

January, 2023

Tony Y. Hu, PhD, director of Tulane's Center for Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics and professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology, was recently invested in the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology Innovation at Tulane School of Medicine.

June, 2022

Dr. Tony Hu PhD and Tulane University School of Medicine have developed an extremely sensitive blood test for tuberculosis by screening for DNA fragments of the pathogenic bacteria.

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February, 2022

The Innovation Award recognizes scholars/investigators who develop and explore novel ideas, approaches and insights through interdisciplinary scholarship to address clinical, public health or societal challenges.

December, 2021

The National Cancer Institute has awarded Tulane's Center for Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics (CCMD) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology a five-year, $3.1 million U01 grant to further develop a blood test for early detection of biomarkers for pancreatic cancer.


December 6, 2021

Dr. Tony Hu is featured on WWL-TV, virtual channel 4, a CBS affiliated television station. "A doctor from Tulane is working on a discovery he made, that could revolutionize how we diagnose certain kinds of cancer and his research on new technology could also mean people with hard-to-treat cancers have a much better chance of survival".


November 5, 2021

The Office of Research held the first Tulane University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4, to honor outstanding Tulane scholars and recognize their exceptional research. Dr. Hu was awarded the 2021 Innovation Award at Tulane University's first Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards ceremony.

September 2020



September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (BRPROUD)- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced that the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $777,110 dollars to Tulane University for maternal mortality and cancer research.

August 5th, 2021

Tulane University researchers have developed a new type of blood test to find these hidden infections using nanoparticles to detect fragments of the virus released by infected cells anywhere in the body. Because the test uses a screening target that remains stable in the blood, it can detect COVID-19 weeks after initial infection, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

May 19th, 2021

Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine have developed a highly sensitive blood test that can find traces of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) in infants a year before they develop the deadly disease, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.

May 18, 2021

Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine have developed a highly sensitive blood test that can find traces of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) in infants a year before they develop the deadly disease, according to a study published in BMC Medicine


February 26, 2021

Tulane University researchers have developed a highly sensitive blood test that can detect COVID-19 in rare cases when infections were missed by nasal swab PCR tests.

January 19, 2021

In this video, you will get clear information on recent new rapid technology which is going to get approval by the end of this January and probably we expect to use it within next 6 months. Find out more about this technology or kit version which uses saliva as sample source instead of nasal swab for COVID-19 or SARS CoV-2 detection or diagnosis.

December 13, 2020

Two recent proof-of-concept studies using novel smartphone-based Crispr technology coupled with optics and fluorescence detection may be poised to change how we approach not only rapid testing and screening, but also testing for acute infection.

December 12, 2020

A portable, ultrasensitive saliva-based COVID-19 test which is read by a smartphone within 15 minutes has been developed by scientists in the US

March 29, 2020

Tulane University Professor Tony Hu, PhD, Weatherhead Presidential Chair, holds a Q&A about new testing possibilities for COVID-19 - also knows as "diagnostics" - that he is working on at the intersection of engineering & medicine.

March 12, 2020

A new protein has been identified on tumor-derived extracellular vesicles that indicates if a lung tumor is likely to metastasize, according to research published in Science Advances on March 11. A minimally invasive biomarker test to catch cancer early could significantly improve patient outcomes.

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February 21, 2020

Led by Tony Hu, the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology Innovation at Tulane University School of Medicine, researchers at Tulane, Baylor College of Medicine and NanoPin Technologies, Inc. are now developing a rapid, reliable and highly specific test to allow rapid diagnosis of all forms of  Tuberculosis (TB), the leading worldwide cause of death from infectious disease.

August 12, 2019

Cathepsin B Dependent Cleavage Product of Serum Amyloid A1 Identifies Patients with Chemotherapy-Related Cardiotoxicity
Improvements in long-term cancer survival rates have resulted in an increase in the prevalence of chemotherapy-linked cardiac failure, but treatment-induced cardiac injuries may not be detected until long after therapy. Monitoring cardiac function is recommended; however, cardiovascular injury in cancer patients differs from those with primary cardiac dysfunction, which limits the utility of traditional cardiac biomarkers.


July 18, 2019

Meryl's paper on Rapid Lipid-Based Approach for Normalization of Quantum-Dot-Detected Biomarker Expression on Extracellular Vesicles in Complex Biological Samples appeared as the cover story on Nano Letters.

July 16, 2019

Tulane University has named research scientist Tony Hu, PhD, a pioneer in developing advanced diagnostics for personalized medicine, as its second endowed presidential chair.
To fill presidential chairs, Tulane recruits exceptional, internationally recognized scholars whose work transcends traditional academic disciplines.

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May 22, 2019

“Catalyst” finds scientists using nanotechnology to tackle the age-old threat of Tuberculosis.

May 12, 2017

ASU Biodesign Institute researcher Tony Hu, PhD invented a rapid Tuberculosis (TB) test that allows doctors to diagnose the deadly infection faster and more accurately than it is now. Nearly 5,000 people die from TB every day and some strains of the disease are becoming more drug-resistant. Hu's new research focuses on adapting the new rapid test for child patients.

March 27, 2017

Tuberculosis (TB), once better known as consumption for the way its victims wasted away, has a long and deadly history, with estimates indicating it may have killed more people than any other bacterial pathogen...Now, a group of scientists from Arizona, Texas and Washington DC has teamed up to develop the first rapid blood test to diagnose and quantitate the severity of active TB cases...Led by Tony Hu, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, eight research groups, including the Houston Methodist Research Institute and scientists at the National Institutes of Health, are harnessing the new field of nanomedicine to improve worldwide TB control.

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March 8, 2017

Biomedical engineers may have found a way of combating one of the deadliest forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer, with a diagnostic method that can catch it, even at its early stages. 
Pancreatic cancer is particularly deadly because it is difficult to detect and diagnose early. Patients usually also have no symptoms until the disease has already spread to other organs, earning it the grim title, “the silent killer”.

February 6, 2017

Tony Hu, PhD is partnering with the U.S. Army to further develop a blood test that can detect biomarkers of Ebola. Diluted patient blood samples are mixed with porous silicon nanodisks (pSiNDs) then a machine called a mass spectrometer (MS) measures the mass of all the molecules bound by the pSiNDs. The method, known as pSiND-MS, is very sensitive and can identify specific amino acid sequences of peptides belonging to viruses like Ebola.


February 15, 2017

An interview with Dr. Tony Hu, Associate Professor, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, Arizona State University.

February 6, 2017

Despite enormous research strides, detection methods for many diseases remain cumbersome and expensive, and often uncover illness only at advanced stages, when patient outcomes can be bleak. One such illness is pancreatic cancer, which may display no obvious symptoms in its early stages, yet can develop aggressively...Now, however, Tony Hu, a researcher in the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics and his colleagues have devised a crafty method to identify pancreatic cancer early in its development.

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