The Tissue Optical Spectroscopy Lab (TOpS Lab) is directed by Professor Nimmi Ramanujam. The laboratory is part of the Biomedical Engineering Department within the Pratt School of Engineering. The mission of the TOpS lab is to innovate on pragmatic optical methods to aid in the non-destructive and rapid characterization of the molecular, biochemical and structural properties of human tissues with the intent of improving our understanding of cancer and to make cancer care accessible at the point of care setting.
Our multi-disciplinary research program reflects active collaborations between engineers (biomedical, electrical, materials science), clinicians (radiologists, surgeons and oncologists), tumor biologists and statisticians. Prof. Ramanujam is also working with Zenalux Inc. http://www.zenalux.com/ to commercialize the optical technologies developed in her lab for small animal studies and clinical cancer interventions. Professor Ramanujam founded the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies (GWHT) to increase research, training and education in women’s diseases, with a focus on breast cancer, cervical cancer, and maternal-fetal health; and to encourage and increase retention of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines locally and globally.
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