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Diana Vanegas

VanegasAssistant Professor
112 CETL
442 Brackett Hall

Ph.D. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, 2015
M.Sc. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, 2014
B.S. Food Engineering, Universidad del Valle, 2010

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Vanegas is interested in engineering solutions to technological challenges related to food and agriculture in settings of low resource and marginalization. Dr. Vanegas is focused on integrating and adapting technologies to support sustainable food systems, and her program spans the United States, Colombia and China. Current projects involve development of low-cost nanosensors for detecting environmental contaminants affecting rural communities in South America (e.g. mercury from artisanal gold mining, and glyphosate from large-scale monoculture agriculture), as well of development of low-cost hydroponic systems for restoring food sovereignty in places where lack of space, and access to healthy soil are limiting the ability of ancestral communities to grow culturally-relevant crops. Due to the nature of her research, Dr. Vanegas’ team is highly transdisciplinary.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

BE 3100 Biosystems Engineering Thermodynamics

Selected Publications

Velez-Torres, I., Vanegas, D.C., McLamore, E.S., Hurtado, D. Mercury Pollution and Artisanal Gold Mining in Alto Cauca, Colombia: Women’s Perception of Health and Environmental Impacts. Journal of Environment and Development,27(4): 415-444.

Abdelbasir, S., El-Sheikh, S.M., Morgan, V.M., Schmidt, H., Casso-Hartmann, L.M., Vanegas, D.C., Velez-Torres, I., McLamore, E.S. (2018). Graphene-anchored cuprous oxide nanoparticles from waste electric cables for electrochemical sensing. ACS Sustainable Chemestry & Engineering 6(9): 12176-1218.

Vanegas, D.C., L. Patiño, C. Mendez, D. Alves de Oliveira, A.M. Torres, E.S. McLamore, C. Gomes (2018). Low-Cost Electrochemical Biosensor for Detection of Biogenic Amines in Food Samples. Biosensors Journal, 8(2). DOI: 10.3390/bios8020042.

Vanegas, D.C., Gomes, C., Cavallaro, ND., Giraldo-Escobar, D., McLamore, ES. (2017). Emerging Biorecognition and Transduction Schemes for Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria in Food. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 16(6): 1188-1205.

Demirbas, A., Groszman, K., Pazmiño‐Hernandez, M., Vanegas, D.C., Welt, B., Hondred, JA., Garland, NT., Claussen, JC., McLamore, ES. (2017). Cryoconcentration of flavonoid extract for enhanced biophotovoltaics and pH sensitive thin films. Biotechnology Progress, 34(1):206-217.