Thursday, April 16, 2015

Manufacturing Joint Faculty Candidate Seminar: "Light-based molecular sensing and imaging for translational biophotonics" by Wei-Chuan Shih 4.20.15/11:00am-12:00pm/ CREOL Rm 103

Seminar: "Light-based molecular sensing and imaging for translational biophotonics" by Wei-Chuan Shih
Monday, April 20, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CREOL Room 103

Celebrating the International Year of Light 2015

Wei-Chuan Shih
Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Chemistry
University of Houston 

Light-based molecular sensing and imaging techniques are ubiquitous for contactless interrogation of targets of interest. These tools enable the identification and quantification of specific molecules, thereby providing complementary information to structural and morphological imaging. Over the past decade, we have been developing novel instruments, methods, and materials for translational biophotonics. In this talk, I will discuss label-free quantitative Raman spectroscopy and microscopy for biomedical applications such as non-invasive glucose sensing, pathogen identification, and disease diagnosis. I will then discuss surface-enhanced spectroscopies on a unique type of porous plasmonic nanostructure for cancer biomarker detection, label-free multiplexed imaging, and photothermal sterilization and flow control in microfluidics. Lastly, I will discuss laser-based fabrication of micro and nanostructures and its potential in neural applications.

Wei-Chuan Shih is an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry at University of Houston. He earned a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Prof. Michael S Feld. He worked on optical downhole fluid analysis and oil spill sensing at Schlumberger-Doll Research before his current position. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award and NASA inaugural Early Career Faculty Award. His research interests are in biophotonics, nano-plasmonics, multi-modal neural stimulation & sensing, point-of-care technology, cancer theranostics, environmental sensing, hyperspectral microscopy & imaging, N/MEMS, and laser-based 3D manufacturing. He has published more than 50 articles in books, journals and conference proceedings, and is the inventor of 6 issued patents. As an independent PI, his research is also supported by NIH, DoI, and GoMRI with a cumulative sum of $3M.

For additional information:
Dr. Ranganathan Kumar: 407-823-4389 
Dr. Martin Richardson: 407-823-6819

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