Optical Coherence Tomography: On Form and Function
Speaker: Audrey Ellerbee, Stanford University
Series: MAE Departmental Seminars
Location: Bowen Hall Room 222
Date/Time: Friday, February 15, 2013, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In its nearly 25-year history, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has gained appreciable notoriety as a technology capable of non-invasively imaging the microstructure of biological tissue. The rapid penetration of OCT into the clinical market has both been driven by and itself stimulated new technological advances in the field, with the end result of a highly informative, patient-friendly diagnostic modality. Recently, our own group has taken a systematic approach to re-engineering the traditional OCT system both to understand and to overcome some of the known limitations of current designs.
The idea that form follows function is a well-known principle of design. Indeed, this order of operations is particularly useful to drive the design and engineering of tools for the medical device industry. In this talk, I provide a perspective on historical developments in the field of OCT, our recent contributions as relates to new system designs, and a preview of the new application areas they are enabling within our group.
Audrey K Ellerbee, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She received her BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and completed her postdoctoral training in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. During her career, Dr. Ellerbee also spent a short time as an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore and as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program sponsored by OSA and SPIE. She is a member of the OSA and SPIE and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Air Force Young Investigator Award and the Hellman Faculty Scholars Award.
Dr. Ellerbee directs the Stanford Biomedical Optics group, whose mission is to develop and deploy novel tools for optical imaging at the microscale and nanoscale. Their applications of interest span clinical and basic science domains. The group also has a particular interest in the development of low-cost, portable technologies suited for use in poorly resourced environments. Building on their expertise and experience with interferometry, they aim to create innovative technologies that serve as integral complements to the toolkits of biologists and clinicians, as well as use their own technologies to study various cellular phenomena relevant to disease.