A handful of star-shaped nanoparticles with multiple prongs

July 21, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

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 | Duke Engineering News

'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 [...]

Computer graphics of red spirals of different shapes

May 18, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

‘Vortex Microlaser’ Encodes Information in Twisting Beams of Light

Researchers from a worldwide collaboration have demonstrated the ability to precisely control a property of a laser called its orbital angular momentum. The technology will allow researchers to transmit more data in optical communications devices, offering a new route to stay ahead of the world’s [...]

Two pictures of different colored layers, one mostly blue and green stripes and the other blue and black

May 14, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

Retinal Texture Could Provide Early Biomarker Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring both the thickness and texture of the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye. The advance could be used to detect a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease, potentially offering a widespread early [...]

A man with a virtual reality headset on manipulating a heart with arteries in the air

May 13, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

Virtual Reality Blood Flow Simulation To Improve Cardiovascular Interventions

Biomedical engineers at Duke University are developing a massive fluid dynamics simulator that can model blood flow through the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution. One of the goals of the effort is to provide doctors with guidance in their treatment plans by allowing them to [...]

A cartoon graphic of the pieces of a new way to read fluorescent biomarkers

May 12, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

Silver Nanocubes Make Point-of-Care Diagnostics Easier to Read

Engineers at Duke University have shown that nanosized silver cubes can make diagnostic tests that rely on fluorescence easier to read by making them more than 150 times brighter. Combined with an emerging point-of-care diagnostic platform already shown capable of detecting small traces of viruses [...]

A copper rectangle with slits cut in the shape of a smiley face (left) and a blue screen with red and yellow blobs showing up in the same pattern

May 11, 2020 | Duke Engineering News

Inexpensively Locating Friendly (and Unfriendly) Radio Waves

Electrical engineers at Duke University have devised a low-cost method for passively locating sources of radio waves such as Wi-Fi and cellular communication signals. Their technique could lead to inexpensive devices that can find radio wave devices like cellular phones or Wi-Fi emitters, or [...]

Small box with a screen and a boxy gun for scanning retinas

June 28, 2019 | Duke Engineering News

Low-Cost Retinal Scanner Could Help Prevent Blindness Worldwide

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the United States and abroad. Thanks to a redesigned, 3D-printed spectrometer, the scanner is [...]

a row of five glass awards

June 19, 2019 | Duke Engineering News

Ramanujam Receives 2019 Social Impact Abie Award

Nimmi Ramanujam, the Robert W. Carr, Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, has won the 2019 Social Impact Abie Award. Given by, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, inspiring and guiding women in computing and organizations that view technology [...]

2019 Pioneer Award presentation

May 07, 2019

FIP Pioneer Award

To recognize the dedicated contributions that researchers have made in the photonics community, the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) created a FIP Pioneer Award to honor these individuals. The 2019 FIP Pioneer Award was presented to Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2019).