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Crystal Jaing was inducted into the Science category in 2011.

My Story

Crystal Jaing is a molecular biologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a central player in developing an award-winning technology that will provide new tools to detect bioterrorism attacks, diagnose disease and verify product safety. The technology, known as the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA), allows for the detection of any bacteria or virus on a tested sample within 24 hours. The technology relies on 388,000 tiny probes that fit in the middle of a one-by-three-inch glass slide. LLMDA has been evaluated for use by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is the subject of interest from 15 companies worldwide examining the technology's potential as a product safety tool.