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3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

Cordier Auditorium

What if … you could fight disease with a cell phone?

Manchester grad shares "riveting" story

of his invention in Oct. 11 lecture

His invention enables scientists to efficiently and affordably fight disease in Third World countries – 100 patients at a time, without an on-site laboratory. Frederick Balagaddé’s 4½-minute synopsis of his discovery, Bioscience in a Chip, has won international acclaim as one of 25 “riveting talks by remarkable people.”

Balagaddé brings his fascinating story home to his alma mater, Manchester College, for a convocation on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The free presentation in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus begins at 3:30 p.m.

“The greatest irony in all the world is that the poorest countries carry the greatest disease burden,” says Balagaddé, who graduated with highest honors from Manchester in 2001, with degrees in physics and computer science. He was a high school student in Uganda in the ‘90s when HIV raged through the country. “What begins as a tragedy in a Third World country could easily become a global problem.”

Today, Balagaddé is principal investigator of engineering technologies for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, the premier laboratory for solutions to the most important problems affecting national and global security. He came to the position via two years as a research scientist at Stanford University and Ph.D. studies in applied physics at California Institute of Technology.

While at Cal Tech, Balagaddé invented the micro-chemostat, a small device that mimics biological cell culture environment in a highly complex web of tiny pump and hair-sized water hoses, all controlled by a multi-tasking computer. His research was published in Science, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, and featured on National Public Radio.

As a Manchester College student, Balagaddé acquired a taste for significant research, conducting NASA research on carbon fiber composites and interning at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Balagaddé is committed to improving the human condition, fulfilling his own dreams and the mission of Manchester College. For more about Manchester College visit

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