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. Dr. Ramanujam’s laboratories are located in the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (FCIEMAS), which was designed to foster interdisciplinary approaches to research in a number of engineering fields in 2004.
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 to everyone.
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.