Selected research projects

Design and implementation of a non-invasive wearable system capable of early detection of breast cancer through the use of microwave imaging technology
Funding Institution: FONDECYT
Amount : 85,500.00 PEN
PI UTEC: Dr. Julio Valdivia (jvaldivia@utec.edu.pe)

Design and implementation of a non-invasive wearable system capable of early detection of breast cancer through the use of microwave imaging technology

This project uses electromagnetic waves emitted by micro antennas located in a bra that is easy to put on for the patient, the presence of possible breast tumors is detected based on the dielectric constant that is different compared to healthy tissue. This device emits weak waves and is intended to be used in rural areas or in areas where complex equipment such as mammography does not exist. In this way, the equipment will serve for a rapid detection that alerts the doctor or health personnel to refer the suspected patient to a more specialized health center.

Detection of breast cancer is vital in its early stages and this completely innocuous kit could help in its detection. UTEC and UCSP are on the way to improve this system by developing machine learning tools and artificial intelligence algorithms.

Course in identification and formulation of water regulation ecosystem service recovery projects
Funding Institution: FOREST TRENDS
Amount: 15,000 USD
PI: Dr. Pedro Rau (prau@utec.edu.pe)

Course in identification and formulation of water regulation ecosystem service recovery projects

Capacity building project for decision makers within the framework of the Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (INSH) project belonging to the consortium made up of Forest Trends, CONDESAN, SPDA, EcoDecisión and Imperial College London. UTEC – CITA was responsible for preparing and delivering a series of trainings in the modules of identification and formulation of water regulation ecosystem service recovery projects, in conjunction with JS Consultores. Being 14 working groups, including 7 regions of Peru with more than 70 participants trained in mountain hydrology issues and support of technologies for the recovery of water regulation ecosystems.

Development of an early warning tool based on wastewater monitoring from the sanitation sector
Funding Institution: SECOSAN
Amount: 250,000 USD
PI: Dra. Mónica Santa María (msantamaria@utec.edu.pe)

Development of an early warning tool based on wastewater monitoring from the sanitation sector

This project aims to develop an early warning tool that allows knowing the incidence of COVID-19 in the towns of Metropolitan Lima, Callao and Metropolitan Arequipa from the determination of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater. The project includes the development of a monitoring plan and the constant analysis of wastewater at different monitoring points in primary collectors and wastewater treatment plants. The advantage of this monitoring strategy is that it allows detecting the virus from asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, and sick people in a more comprehensive and cost-efficient way.

Implementation of a microfluidic device “point of care” (in situ) for the pre-concentration and separation by inertial forces of Plasmodium spp. in infected blood
Funding Institution: World Bank and Fondecyt
Amount: 1’058,300 PEN – URL
PI: Dr. Julio Valdivia (jvaldiviav@utec.edu.pe)

Implementation of a microfluidic device “point of care” (in situ) for the pre-concentration and separation by inertial forces of Plasmodium spp. in infected blood

This project designs and tests a lab-on-a-chip device with a “point of care” function that allows the detection of Malaria in a shorter time and smaller sample volumes than those required by current clinical diagnostic techniques.

Development of interdisciplinary strategies for the conservation of our heritage facing the national bicentennial: From paintings and gilded copper to altarpieces and burted mats
Funding Institution: World Bank and Fondecyt
Amount: 2’697,100 PEN – URL
PI: Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Reyes (jcrodriguez@utec.edu.pe)

Development of interdisciplinary strategies for the conservation of our heritage facing the national bicentennial: From paintings and gilded copper to altarpieces and burted mats

This project aims to find strategies to protect heritage objects through a) the understanding of the mechanisms of deterioration, and b) the monitoring and control of the storage conditions.

Impacts of alluvial mining in the Madre de Dios Basin: physical effects and mitigation planning
Funding Institution: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Amount: 100,000 USD – URL
PI: Dr. Jorge Abad (jabadc@utec.edu.pe)

Impacts of alluvial mining in the Madre de Dios Basin: physical effects and mitigation planning

This project explores the interactions between flow, sediment transport, and channel change in rivers in association with the distribution of mercury along the food chain. This project involves an integrated assessment of a coupled natural-human system in southeastern Peru where there is an urgent need to develop science-based sustainable practices and conservation of natural resources.