Li to Tyson Endowed Chair in Biosensing Engineering

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Yanbin Li has been named to the Tyson Endowed Chair in Biosensing Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Li is a leading scientist in the development of biosensing technology for food safety and quality.

He has developed a prototype portable biosensor system that is able to detect the H5N1 avian influenza (A.I.) virus in poultry samples in less than one hour at an estimated cost of less than $10 per sample. H5N1 is the strain of the A.I. virus that has been transmitted from poultry to humans in more than 300 cases in Asia, Africa and Europe.

A $1.5 million endowment for the new chair was provided by the Tyson Foods Foundation from a gift announced in May 2005 and the University of Arkansas Matching Gift Program previously endowed by the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. Investment earnings from the endowment will help support Mr. Li's research in the department of biological and agricultural engineering and the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, which is a unit of the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture.

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