• complex machinery with vials and tubes hanging down from a circular ceiling all bathed in yellow-gold light

    September 01, 2020

    Duke Joins $115 Million Quantum Systems Accelerator

    Duke University is joining 14 U.S. institutions in a five-year, $115 million effort to forge the technological solutions needed to harness quantum information science for discoveries that benefit the world. Funded by the Department of Energy, the Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA) will be led by [...]

  • A single dark tube splits into two glowing red tubes

    August 27, 2020

    Scientists Pair 3D Bioprinting and Computer Modeling to Examine Cancer Spread in Blood Vessels

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have paired 3D-printed, living human brain vasculature with Duke University's advanced computational flow simulations to better understand tumor cell attachment to blood vessels, the first step in secondary tumor formation during cancer metastasis [...]

  • Neon green bacteria grow in an ocean of red-tinted growth media

    August 03, 2020

    AI May Offer a Better Way to ID Drug-Resistant Superbugs

    Biomedical engineers at Duke University have shown that different strains of the same bacterial pathogen can be distinguished by a machine learning analysis of their growth dynamics alone, which can then also accurately predict other traits such as resistance to antibiotics. The demonstration could [...]

  • Long, thin, neon green cells with small bright spots

    August 03, 2020

    Researchers Create Artificial Organelles to Control Cellular Behavior

    Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a method for controlling the phase separation of an emerging class of proteins to create artificial membrane-less organelles within human cells. The advance, similar to controlling how vinegar forms droplets within oil, creates opportunities [...]

  • A handful of star-shaped nanoparticles with multiple prongs

    July 21, 2020

    Silver-Plated Gold Nanostars Detect Early Cancer Biomarkers

    Biomedical engineers at Duke University have engineered a method for simultaneously detecting the presence of multiple specific microRNAs in RNA extracted from tissue samples without the need for labeling or target amplification. The technique could be used to identify early biomarkers of cancer [...]

  • The CovIdentify team uses biometric data from smartwatches and smartphones to identify early signs of COVID-19 infection.

    June 12, 2020

    'Covidentify' Adapts to Address a Changing Pandemic

    Researchers at Duke University are expanding a recent study intended to help identify the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This expanded effort will help the team establish a more comprehensive method of early-symptom detection and provide more information about [...]

Welcome to the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

2020 FIP Virtual Symposium


The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics is an extensively interdisciplinary Duke University-wide effort to advance photonics and optical sciences.

The mission of the Fitzpatrick Institute is profoundly educational. The institute was founded in 2000 in part to meet an unmet industry need for graduates with the knowledge and skills to transform industrial R&D in photonics and optical science. Our faculty teach undergraduates, master's and doctoral students and foster the technical, collaboration, interdisciplinary exploration, and team-orientation skills set that enables our proteges to thrive in their chosen professions.

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