CREOL Room 103
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
TOMORROW! WiLO Student Chapter/CREOL Distinguished Seminar Series: “Endoscopes for optical coherence imaging and fluorescence spectroscopy: design and applications to cancer imaging” Jennifer K. Barton, Ph.D 5.6.15/11:00am-12:30pm/ CREOL RM 103
WiLO Student Chapter/CREOL Distinguished Seminar Series: “Endoscopes for optical coherence imaging and fluorescence spectroscopy: design and applications to cancer imaging” Jennifer K. Barton, Ph.D
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
CREOL Room 103
CREOL Room 103
Following the lecture, WiLO is sponsoring an informal question and answer session where Dr. Barton will discuss her career path and experiences in the field of optics.
Celebrating the International Year of Light 2015
Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Optical Sciences, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona.
Light-based methods have found widespread application for biomedical diagnostics because of their inherent high sensitivity, high resolution, relatively low cost, and ability to sense both structural and biochemical characteristics. The primary disadvantage of most optical techniques in vivo is the limited penetration depth of light. This challenge can be offset by endoscopic delivery using small-diameter fiber optics. Optical techniques hold the promise of directing, minimizing, or perhaps even eliminating traditional destructive biopsy by providing diagnostic information in a harmless manner.
I will discuss experiences building miniature endoscopes that include two complimentary optical modalities: optical coherence tomography and fluorescence spectroscope (FS), which provide micron-scale cross-sectional imaging and information about the concentration and distribution of fluorescent biomolecules, respectively. The challenges of miniaturization, wide wavelength range, scanning, and navigation will be discussed. I will show progress on our recent projects in mouse models (monitoring colon cancer) and humans (least-invasive imaging of the ovary).
Jennifer Barton received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and University of California Irvine, respectively. She worked for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) on the Space Station program before returning to The University of Texas at Austin to obtain the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 1998. She is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Optical Sciences, and Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona. In 2012 she became Associate Vice President for Research, and from July 2013 - June 2014 she served as Interim Vice President for Research.
Barton develops miniature endoscopes that combine multiple optical imaging techniques, particularly optical coherence tomography and fluorescence spectroscopy. She evaluates the suitability of these endoscopic techniques for detecting early cancer development in patients and pre-clinical models. Additionally, her research into light-tissue interaction and dynamic optical properties of blood laid the groundwork for a novel therapeutic laser to treat disorders of the skin’s blood vessels. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal papers in these research areas.
Barton previously was Assistant Director of the BIO5 Institute, a collaborative research institute dedicated to solving complex biology-based problems affecting humanity. She served as the inaugural Department Head of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of the BME Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. She is a fellow of SPIE- the International Optics Society, and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Following the lecture from 12:00-12:30, WiLO is sponsoring an informal question and answer session where Dr. Bartonwill discuss her career path and experiences in the field of optics.
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