The CONVAT consortium was constituted with the ambition to realize a productive synergy between an interdisciplinary team of European researchers with well-recognized scientific excellence in their respective fields. CONVAT merges pioneering know-how and experience in nanophotonic biosensors, molecular biology, emergent diseases and infection diagnosis, and eco-epidemiology.
The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is the project coordinator. The NanoB2A research group led by Prof. Laura M. Lechuga is at the forefront of nanophotonics biosensors research. In addition of the scientific and technical coordination and project management, the group is in charge of the development and full optimization of the BiMW biosensor device for the detection assays of human nCoV and multiplexed viral genomic analysis.
The UVE (Unité des Virus Émergents) at the Aix-Marseille University (France) is led by Prof. Remi Charrel and Prof. Bruno Coutard. They are specialised in the study of emerging viruses and has been extensively working in this field on arboviruses, haemorrhagic fever viruses and respiratory viruses. The team participating in this project has an extensive experience in biological diagnosis, including molecular diagnosis and emergent pathogen management.
The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (INMI) “Lazzaro Spallanzini” is a public research institution in Roma (Italy) dedicated to infectious diseases operating since 1936. The research group is led by Prof. Antonino Di Caro. The main task of INMI is the collection of clinical samples (both respiratory and non-respiratory) taken from suspected and confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection and validation in the clinical- hospital setting.
The Department Evolutive Biology, Ecology and Environment Science in the Barcelona University (UB) is led by Prof. Jordi Serra- Cobo. The group is expert in eco- epidemiological studies in Spain and other countries of Africa and America. They are in charge of the validation of biosensor device with environmental samples collected from animal reservoirs (bats and rodents).