Apply now for T.E.S.T. 2023! We are recruiting new members now! 

Do you have an affinity with (bio)chemistry or are you interested in electronics, physics or programming? And do you want to improve healthcare? And work together with a motivated team on creating a biosensor? Contact us to join! Or if T.E.S.T. sounds interesting to you, feel free to join one of our meetings and see how being a member of T.E.S.T. is like!

BIOMARKER OF 2023: GFAP


The glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein (GFAP) is a type III intermediate filament protein mainly expressed by astrocytes in the central nervous system (CNS). When someone gets injured and is diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), it is important to measure GFAP, because the concentration of GFAP in the blood reflects the acute injury to glial cells. 

Background information

Every year there is a brand new TU Eindhoven Sensing Team that represents the TU/e at the SensUs Student Competition. For the next team, we are looking for enthusiastic Bachelor and Master students to form a multidisciplinary team. Students with knowledge in the field of (bio)chemistry are necessary for the assay development and chemical optimization. We also require people with a background in physics to assist with the physical principles of biosensing. Electrical engineering and programming subjects are important too, like signal processing and the translating of the binding of a molecule to a usable, measurable signal. Throughout the process, you have to keep the end-user in mind: the patient. This requires design choices for user-friendliness, portability, and cost. Lastly, you have to stay in touch with the outside world, requiring public relations work and drawing in sponsors. T.E.S.T. 2023 will be formed in November 2022 and will operate until the SensUs Competition in September 2023. If you are up for an amazing challenge and want to gain new skills and knowledge, join T.E.S.T. 2023!

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About Us

Welcome to our page! We are the TU/e sensing team (T.E.S.T.) representing the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the 2023 SensUs Competition. This is a yearly international student competition on engineering rapid biosensors. Our multidisciplinary team consists of 7 bachelor and master students, from Medical Science and Technology, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science. We all come from different backgrounds, with our own interests and goals, and we will make sure to be a synergistic team ready to compete and contribute to an improvement of people’s quality of life. This competition allows us to put our theoretical knowledge to the test and apply it to real-life societal problems, engineering an efficient, affordable and easy-to-use biosensor with translational potential for the commercial market. 

On the first of September 2023, our team competes with others to detect Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), which is a marker for detecting Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  TBI is a disease that has approximately 64-74 million new cases each year. TBI patients suffer from memory loss, cognitive dysfunction or behavioural disturbance. It is important that the severity of TBI can be diagnosed rapidly, so that patients can receive the appropriate treatment. Proper treatment can improve patients’ life and, therefore, we are eager to contribute to the development of a biosensor for TBI. 

For more information about the SensUs competition, click here.

T.E.S.T 2023