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Nimmi Ramanujam's Biography

Nimmi Ramanujam, Robert W. Carr Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Global Health, Director, Global Women's Health Technologies, Duke University

Since coming to Duke University in 2005, Prof. Ramanujam has established the Tissue Optical Spectroscopy laboratory. Prof. Ramanujam's group is innovating on optical strategies to peer into the biological landscape of thick tissues. Technologies being developed in her lab leverage principles of optical spectroscopy, optical sectioning microscopy, and molecular imaging. Her research group is developing and applying these optically based tools for three problems in cancer: cancer screening in resource-limited settings, intra-operative margin assessment to detect residual disease during cancer surgery, and visualizing tumor hypoxia and metabolism in the context of cancer therapy and drug discovery. Prof. Ramanujam is leading a multi-disciplinary effort to translate these technologies to clinical applications in the breast, cervix and head and neck. In addition to her academic efforts, Prof. Ramanujam has spun out a company, Zenalux, to commercialize several of the technologies developed in her lab. In October of 2013, Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam founded the Global Women’s Health Technologies Center. The Global Women’s Health Technologies Center reflects a partnership between the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Global Health Institute and is led by Center Director Nimmi Ramanujam, professor of biomedical engineering and global health. The center’s mission is to increase research, training and education in women’s diseases, with a focus on breast cancer, cervical cancer, and maternal-fetal health; and to increase retention of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines locally and globally. Prof. Ramanujam has received several awards for her work in cancer research and technology development for women's health. She received the TR100 Young Innovator Award from MIT in 2003, a $2.5M DOD Era of Hope Scholar award in 2004, the Global Indus Technovator award from MIT in 2005 and a $3M Era of Hope Research Scholar award in 2009 and an NIH BRP grant in 2011. In 2011, she received the Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award from the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. Dr. Ramanujam is a fellow of OSA, SPIE and AIMBE. She is member of the NIH BMIT-A study section and DOD’s breast cancer research program (BCRP) integration panel (IP) (also serving as chair for 2014) that sets the vision of the BCRP program and plans the dissemination of over $100 M of funds for breast cancer research annually. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Biomedical Optics (publisher Taylor and Francis).

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Point-of-Care Optical Technologies for Women’s Health

Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 10:15

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Optical technologies have been exploited widely in the analytical chemical analysis of biological samples. While the benefits of optical spectroscopy and microscopy have long been known in the laboratory, over the past quarter century there has been increasing interest in the application of these techniques to intact human tissues. One of the distinct attributes of light is that is provides exquisite chemical specificity by interacting with a number of molecules that are already present in the tissue and thus has the capability to provide insight into functional, morphological and molecular contrast. Our objective is to exploit the wealth of physiological, metabolic, morphological and molecular sources of optical contrast to develop novel strategies that focus on cervical cancer screening and breast cancer diagnostics.

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