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Laboratories for Innovations
In Global Health Technologies

Developing health technologies to address the needs people around the globe

Welcome to the website of Vanderbilt University’s Laboratories for Innovations in Global Health Technologies—LIGHT.

LIGHT is a cross-disciplinary initiative between the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the School of Medicine. LIGHT aims to foster research and accelerate the development of global health technologies in a multidisciplinary research environment addressing the needs of patients and physicians in low-resource settings.

Our objectives include the creation of collaborative opportunities across Vanderbilt and the globe for discovery and translation of new diagnostic technologies and providing a framework for the effective integration of discovery and learning.

*Malaria Update 11/15/2016

A team of scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt University headed by Professor of Chemistry David Wright have successfully designed an inexpensive malaria test that is 100 times more sensitive than current commercial malaria tests. Read the full article.

DNA duplicator small enough to hold in your hand
Imagine a “DNA photocopier” small enough to hold in your hand that could identify the bacteria or virus causing an infection even before the symptoms appear... Read more...

SLAS Technology honors Vanderbilt's David Wright and graduates with "2017 SLAS Technology Top 10" pick for they're paper, "Automated Device for Asynchronous Extraction of RNA, DNA, or Protein Biomarkers from Surrogate Patient Samples" Read more...