Changing the Way of Medicine
BME assistant professor Judith Su, is working on ways to detect trace amounts of biomarkers for diseases, including COVID-19.This optical technology is something that could immediately improve the quality of people’s lives and really make a difference.
A Light in the Dark
Associate professor Erika Eggers is using $2.8 million in grants from the National Eye Institute and the National Science Foundation to better understand how increased levels of light increase visual acuity. She hopes to develop cell-based models for drugs that can slow or reverse vision loss.If we succeed, it will increase our understanding of normal vision and our ability to recognize changes that portend visual disturbances and loss.
Strain in the Brain
A paper on traumatic brain injury lead authored by BME assistant professor Kaveh Laksari examined 537 head impacts across 31 athletes. It found that some of today’s most harmful injuries are the result of stretching and straining well below the surface of the brain.Our goal was to understand the underlying mechanism of the brain deformation during an impact. That will enable us to provide better diagnosis and prevention in the future.
Tracking a Silent Killer
Professor Jennifer Barton, director of BIO5, is leading a team to identify biomarkers and developing optical imaging tools to screen for ovarian cancer, often called a “silent killer.”Our goal is…to build a viable optical imaging technology that will enable early detection and save lives.
(National Science Foundation)