My masters research topic primarily focused on the use of laser technology as an alternative technique for administering drugs (medicines) into the human body in a targeted manner other than using the conventional enteral and parenteral routes of drug administration. I used a pulsed femtosecond laser with high peak power and ultra-short pulses to create a sub-microscopic pore on the cell membrane of HIV-l infected cells (in-vitro) in the presence of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, and further performed cell viability, cytotoxicity, and HIV-1 infection levels post laser-enhanced drug delivery using molecular biology assays. Currently I am still in the early stages of my PhD degree. In this new exciting adventure I am using microfluidics approach integrated to a laser device in order to design and fabricate a laser-based Point-of-Care (POC) device for real-time HIV qualitative and quantitative testing. This device will be very beneficial especially in resource-limited settings and developing countries.
Phototoxic effects of free phthalocyanine and phthalocyanine conjugated to gold nanoparticles for targeted photodynamic therapy of melanoma cancer
Phototodynamic activity of zinc monocarboxyphenoxy phthalocyane (ZnMCPPc) conjugated to gold silver (AuAg) nanoparticles in melanoma cancer cells