Photo: Nuttada works with several undergraduate BioE students on her research team (left to right): Jonathan Lim, Betelhem Yohannes, Nuttada Panpradist, Dr. Barry Lutz, Annapurni Sriram, Nikki Higa and David McIntyre. Others (not pictured) who also work on the project include students Annie Wong-On-Wing, Isabella Spielmann and alumnus Ian Andrews (’16).
Photo credit: Mark Stone / University of Washington
Update – 2/27/2017: Nuttada and her team were interviewed by Seattle’s KING 5 news:
The UW College of Engineering published an interview with Nuttada Panpradist, a fourth year Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Barry Lutz’s lab. Nuttada is a recent recipient of a $50,000 APF Student Technology Prize for Primary Health Care to pursue development of OLA-SIMPLE, an instrument-free device to detect HIV infection, drug resistance and viral load at the point of care.
In the interview, Nuttada talks about her path from Thailand to study bioengineering at UW, how she started the OLA-SIMPLE project and the impact she hopes her work will have on global health. “Everyone deserves good health care,” Nuttada explains. “It shouldn’t be a privilege; it should be a basic human right.”