Biomolecular faculty member awarded $500,000 grant

Yi Xiao

Yi Xiao, a researcher in FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute, received a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support her research in developing an electrochemical sensor that can detect veterinary drugs in animal carcasses.

Xiao’s research will focus on the veterinary drugs associated with the most residue violations – the beta-lactam antibiotics, such as amoxicillin and penicillin, and the anti-inflammatory drug flunixin – within kidney tissue from cattle and swine. The sensor will increase the accuracy, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of veterinary drug screening.

She hopes her project improves the efficiency of chemical residue detection in meat products and establishes novel scientific techniques and methods for the streamlined development of electrochemical sensors, which can broadly detect numerous agriculturally-relevant substances in foodstuffs. This project offers health benefits to consumers by improving food safety and protection.