Program: Collaborative Research Program for Alumni (CRA)

Field: Chemical Engineering

Principal Investigator: Dr. Hoang Anh Hoang

Sending University: Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT)

Japanese Co-Investigator: Prof. Dr. Kiyohiko NAKASAKI

Japanese University: Tokyo Institute of Technology

Year: 201

Abstract:

Existence of Escherichia coli in water and food samples indicates possible presence of fecal pathogens which cause severe diarrhea for human. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest one in Vietnam with population of about 8 millions. Usage of fresh vegetables that may contain fecal pathogens in meals are very popular in the City. It may directly cause infectious diseases for human. Therefore, colorimetric and rapid detection of E. coli as an indicator for fecal pathogens in vegetables at the local markets play an important role contributing to prevent outbreak of the infectious diseases for human. In this study, colorimetric broad-host-range phage-based method in detection of E. coli in vegetables is investigated. The method is then applied to investigate existence of E. coli in vegetables at markets in Ho Chi Minh City I do have a better network to other Japanese Professors; to other colleagues in Vietnam during Conference. It is sure that the project help me much in starting research career at my University. I can start to open a new research group about bacteriophage in my University and also in Vietnam (since the field is very new in the Country). In addition, I could accept students to join the group. so far, 01 Master student and 02 Bachelor students were graduated by support of the project. To society, it will support to give safer vegetables to markets and consumers