News

2014

  • New Position Opening: Post Doc in optical breast cancer imaging

    Post Doc
    Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam currently has a new post doc position available in optical breast cancer imaging program in the Dept. Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.
    Full description of position

  • Congratulations to Brian Crouch on his appointment as a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Medical Imaging Training Program (MITP), Department of Biomedical Engineering, September 2014

  • Congratulations to Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam on being named the Robert W. Carr, Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

  • Congratulations to Chris Lam for being awarded the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, June 2014

    Christopher T. Lam has been awarded a 2014 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

  • Congratulations to Alex Vaz on being awarded the Helmholtz Award, May 2014

    For the best research project by a Member of the Senior Class as judged by the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This award commemorates the work of Hermann von Helmholtz in laying the foundations of biomedical engineering.

  • Congratulations to Daniel Salo on being awarded the prestigious John T. Chambers Fellowship (2014-2015) in the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University

  • Congratulations to Daniel Salo, Robert Morhard, and Mercy Asiedu on their admission to the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, 2014

    Daniel and Robert will be the newest graduate student members to the Tissue Optical Spectroscpy lab group begininng fall 2014. 

2013

  • New Course offered in Spring 2014 - BME 290-02 Medical Technologies & Global Women's Health

    Join Professor Nimmi Ramanujam and Dr. Christine Mulvey for the newest undergraduate course at Duke University.

    Introduction to the role of technology in health care with an emphais on women's health locally and globally. Offered to Freshmen and Sophomores.
    For more information visit gwht.pratt.duke.edu or contact Nada Hussain: (919) 660-8465 or nh91@duke.edu

  • Congratulations to Jenna Mueller for being awarded as a Scholar in the prestigious John T. Chambers Scholar program for (2013-2015) in the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University

  • Congratulations to Jenna Mueller for being awarded the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, May 2013

  • Congratulations to Brandon Nichols on his Acceptance and Fellowship for UC Irvine National Short Course in Computational Biophotonics, August 2013

  • Post-doctoral position in microscopy

    New position in ....

    Full description of position

  • Congratulations to Jenna Mueller on winning the 2013 Radiation Oncology Imaging Program (ROIP) Poster Competition

  • Congratulations to Brandon Nichols for being honored the NSF Fellowship

  • Congratulations to Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam's secondary appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute, 2013

  • Congratualtions to Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam for being honored Chair Elect of CDMRP Integration Panel for the BCRP program, 2013

  • Biomedical Engineering Degrees awarded in 2012

    Torre Bydlon
    Dissertation: Intra-operative Assessment of Breast Tumor Margins using Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy
    Advisor: Nimmi Ramanujam

    Stephanie Kennedy
    Dissertation: Exploring Optical Contrast in Breast Tissue using Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy and Tissue Morphology
    Advisor: Nimmi Ramanujam

    Justin Lo
    Dissertation: Development of a Wide Field Diffuse Reflectance Spectral Imaging System for Breast Tumor Margin Assessment
    Advisor: Nimmi Ramanujam

2012

  • Congratualtions to Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam for being honored AIMBE fellow, December 2012

  • Congratualtions to Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam for being honored SPIE fellow, February 2013

2011

  • Handbook of Biomedical Optics published

    Nimmi Ramanujam, David Boas and Constantinos Pitris served as co-editors of the Handbook of Biomedical Optics which was published in June 2011. This handbook provides an in-depth treatment of the field including coverage of applications for biomedical research, diagnosis and therapy. It introduces the theory and fundamentals of each subject, ensuring accessibility to a wide multidisciplinary readership. The book covers spectroscopic methods, including tomographic imaging, microscopic imaging methods, molecular probe development and phototherapy.

  • Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam awarded NIH Quick Trials grant

    Nimmi Ramanujam along with Bing Yu (Biomedical Engineering) and David Walmer (Family Health Ministiries) are co-PIs on a recently awarded NIH Quick Trials grant to develop low cost optical screening tools for cervical cancer detection in resource limited settings. This two year $650 K grant will aim to develop smart optical fiber probes and battery operated spectrometers to test in 100 patients with suspected cervical disease in two clinics in Leogane and Port Au Prince Haiti.

  • Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam promoted to full Professor

    Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam was promoted to full Professor. Her research group is developing and applying optically based tools for the non-invasive characterization of the biochemical and structural properties of human tissues. She has made major contributions to the development of novel optical techniques to detect tumors and has started a company called Zenalux to develop products to assist surgeons identify tumor margins at the time of mastectomy.  She received a five-year Bioengineering Research Partnership award from NIH for a project entitled "A Novel Optical Spectral Imaging System for Rapid Imaging of Breast Tumor Margins." Her goal is to develop low-cost miniature optical spectral imaging strategies for intra-operative imaging of tumor margins in patients undergoing breast-conserving surgery. Her collaborators include biomedical engineer Bing Yu, Dr. Gregory Palmer from Radiation Oncology, Nan Jokerst and Martin Brooke from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Joseph Geradts from Pathology, Dr. Scott Pruitt from Surgery and William Barry from Biostatistics. Dr. Ramanujam received a two-year R21 award from NIH for the project entitled “Smart Optical Sensor for Detection of Cervical Cancer in the Developing World.” Collaborators are Bing Yu, Assistant Research Professor in BME and David Walmer, Division Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ramanujam was also elected as fellow of OSA and has been invited to be a member of the DOD’s breast cancer research program (BCRP) integration panel (IP) that sets the vision of the BCRP program and plans the dissemination of over $100M of funds for breast cancer research annually. In addition, Professor Ramanujam served as co-editor for the latest edition of the Handbook of Biomedical Optics (publisher Taylor and Francis) andwon the Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet in April 2011.

  • BME graduate student Adam Kozak won a NSF Graduate Research fellowship

    BME graduate student Adam Kozak won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship. He received a BS in 2011 from the University of Rochester with a major in biomedical engineering and a minor in optics.  He begins work with Professor Nimmi Ramanujam.

  • Biomedical Engineering Graduate Degrees Awarded in 2010-2011

    Janelle Elise Phelps
    Dissertation:  Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy Characterization for Extraction of Tissue
    Physiological Parameters
    Advisor:  Dr. Nirmala Ramanujam

    Vivide Tuan Chyan Chang
    Dissertation:  Exploiting Optical Contrasts for Cervical Precancer Diagnosis via Diffuse
    Reflectance Spectroscop
    Advisor:  Dr. Nirmala Ramanujam

    Stacy Renee Chiles Millon
    Dissertation:  Metabolic Exogenous Contrast Agents for use in Breast Cancer Detection and Therapy Monitoring
    Advisor:  Dr. Nirmala Ramanujam

  • Dr. Vishwanath's work on portable instrumentation was recently published in Applied Spectroscopy

    Dr. Vishwanath's work on portable instrumentation was recently published in Applied Spectroscopy and featured in the July/August edition of Biophotonics. http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=47752

  • Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam awarded five-year grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

    BME Professor Nimmi Ramanujam has been awarded a five-year, $5,250,614 Bioengineering Research Partnership grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The project, entitled "A Novel Optical Spectral Imaging System for Rapid Imaging of Breast Tumor Margins" is a collaborative effort between Duke University and the University of Wisconsin. The broad goal of this research is to develop and validate a miniature optical spectral imaging strategy for intra-operative imaging of tumor margins in patients undergoing breast conserving surgery.  Collaborators from Duke University include  Dr. Bing Yu (Biomedical Engineering), Dr. Gregory Palmer (Radiation Oncology), Dr. Nan Jokerst (Electrical Engineering), Dr. Martin Brooke (Electrical Engineering), Dr. Scott Pruitt (Surgery), Dr. Joseph Geradts (Pathology) and Dr. William Barry (Biostatistics). Collaborators from the University of Wisconsin include Dr. Thomas Kuech (Chemical and Biological Engineering), Dr. Leon McCaughan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Dr. Lee Wilke (Surgery).

  • Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam received the Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award

    The Distinguished Research Award is given each year to an outstanding researcher nominated by the department chairs and selected by a faculty committee. These faculty inspire their colleagues, serve others, contribute to the knowledge base and have a deep passion for their work.

  • J. Quincy Brown received a two-year NIH award

    Assistant Research Professor J. Quincy Brown received a two-year award from the National Institutes of Health for a project entitled “A Fluorescence Histology System for In Vivo Breast Tumor Margin Assessment.” The project aims to develop and validate a novel apparatus and method for large-field, high-resolution, contrast-enhanced, microscopic imaging of fresh tissues for the detection of microscopic residual disease remaining in patients after cancer removal surgery. Collaborators on the project include Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam in BME, Dr. David Kirsch in Radiation Oncology, and Dr. Joseph Geradts in Pathology. Dr. Brown presented a talk entitled “High-resolution vital fluorescence imaging for in vivo detection of microscopic residual disease in cancer surgery” at the 2011 European Conferences on Biomedical Engineering in Munich, Germany.   Co-authors were Jenna Mueller, Jeff Mito, Zachary Harmany, David Kirsch, Rebecca Willett, Joseph Geradts, and Nimmi Ramanujam.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Karthik Vishwanath. Dr. Vishwanath was recently promoted to Senior Research Scientist in BME.

  • Congratulations to Dr. J. Quincy Brown. Dr. Brown was recently promoted to Assistant Research Professor in BME.