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Brian Cunningham's Biography



Brian Cunningham, Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering; Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brian T. Cunningham is the Willett Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also serves as the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. His research interests include biophotonics, bionanophotonics, micro/nanofabrication processes & materials, BioMEMS, lab-on-a-chip, microfluidics, biosensing, and applications in drug discovery, health diagnostics, mobile point-of-use detection systems, life science research, environmental monitoring, animal health, and food safety. Prof. Cunningham’s key technical contributions and achievements stem from his invention and application of nanostructured photonic surfaces that efficiently couple electromagnetic energy into biological analytes, enabling high signal-to-noise sensing of materials that include small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, virus particles, cells, and tissues. He has made key foundational contributions to the application of mobile devices (such as smartphones) to point-of-use detection systems that provide equivalent capabilities to laboratory-based instruments. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, AAAS, NAI, and AIMBE.

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Smartphone Biosensors for Health, Environment, and Food Safety

Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 15:45

Add to Calendar ▼2014-09-18 15:45:002014-09-18 16:45:00Europe/LondonSmartphone Biosensors for Health, Environment, and Food SafetyPoint-of-Care Diagnostics World Congress in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

Since their introduction in 1997, “smart” mobile phones with internet connectivity, high resolution cameras, touch-screen displays, and powerful CPUs have gained rapid market acceptance driven by a combination of falling prices and increasingly sophisticated features. In addition, there is a growing ecosystem of applications that take advantage of the phone’s sensors, display, and connection to powerful computing and data storage capabilities that are available in the “cloud.” The built-in capabilities of smartphones can be further extended through the addition of accessories that enable the phone to sense different types of information. Incorporation of biosensing into mobile platforms is a potentially powerful development, as biological assay capabilities that have previously only been available through expensive laboratory-based instruments may be utilized by anyone.  Such developments may help to facilitate the goal of “personalized medicine” in which home-based tests may be used to diagnose a medical condition, but with a system that automatically communicates results to a cloud-based monitoring system that alerts the physician when warranted. Low-cost portable biosensor systems integrated with mobile devices may also enable diagnostic technology that can be translated to resource-poor regions of the world for pathogen detection, disease diagnosis, and monitoring of nutritional status.  Such systems, deployed widely, would be capable of rapidly monitoring for the presence of environmental contaminants over large areas, or tracking the development of a medical condition throughout a large population.  This talk will summarize recent developments in the Cunningham Group at Illinois in the utilization of integrated smartphone cameras as a high resolution spectrophotometer that is capable of measuring ELISA assays, label-free photonic crystal biosensor assays, thin film chromatography, and fluorescence spectroscopy.  Utilizing special purpose, l


Add to Calendar ▼2014-09-18 00:00:002014-09-19 00:00:00Europe/LondonPoint-of-Care Diagnostics World CongressPoint-of-Care Diagnostics World Congress in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com