Timothy Riedel

  • Director of UT Inventors Program
  • Freshman Research Initiative
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The DIY Diagnostics stream aims to produce simple diagnostics that can be used by people with little or no medical or scientific training. Our inspiration is the home pregnancy test. We do not adhere to any particular technology platforms and attempt to create diagnostics using any combination of the following; molecular biology, chemistry, electronics, and computer programming. Educationally, the DIY diagnostic stream emphasizes the iterative nature of prototype development along with the power of teamwork to solve difficult problems. DIY believes that all students join the stream with unique backgrounds and skill sets that are assets to the research team. DIY nurtures these individual skill sets both to build student confidence and to foster a more creative environment.


  • Bhadra, S., Riedel, T. E., Lakhotia, S., Tran, N. D., & Ellington, A. D. (2021). High-surety isothermal amplification and detection of SARS-CoV-2. Msphere, 6(3), e00911-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00911-20


  • 2019-2020 UT Natural Science Foundation Teaching Excellence Award