Biophotonic System Design and Prototyping
ENG EK 720
Theory and practice of biophotonic instrument design with application to biomedical devices. Students will work on problems introduced and defined by physicians and clinical researchers, to develop new medical products from concept to prototype design and development. Students in physics, chemistry, and engineering will learn fundamentals of biophotonics sensors and systems development and prototyping for three end uses: in vivo platforms, exploring innovative techniques for sub-cellular imaging of biomolecular structure and interactions in living tissue; resonant and interferometric biosensors, exploring resonance-enhanced photonic pathogen detection or disease diagnosis with high sensitivity and specificity; and point-of-care diagnosis, exploring rapid, low-cost spectroscopic and imaging techniques that will add to our understanding biological behavior at the molecular level and will lead to important new tools for biomedicine, particularly in areas where there are currently few means of diagnosis. The course provides foundational instruction with respect to core photonic and biomedical design principles, and a case-study based instructional approach to technology transfer and prototyping. Semester-long projects conducted by interdisciplinary teams involve design and prototyping based on problems introduced by practitioners and researchers identified by a regional health care consortium, CIMIT. 4 cr.