Welcome to the 2021 issue of Broadband, the newsletter of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP).
With the continuing dedication and active contribution of its faculty, students and staff, the FIP has continued to grow in research, education, industrial activities and membership. The Institute has witnessed a strong, collective vision for collaborative research among its faculty throughout the Duke campus, reflecting the vitality and dynamism of the outstanding achievements of its faculty.
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The FIP faculty membership has increased to over 150 faculty members with participation from over 40 departments and institutions ranging from Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics to Anesthesiology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Orthopedic Engineering, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Radiology and Surgery as well as Art, Art History and Visual Studies.
Promoting cross-disciplinary collaborative research at Duke is a major goal of the FIP, and one of its criteria for success. This issue of Broadband highlights the research activities and achievements of some of our faculty members who have established important research programs with colleagues within and outside of the Pratt School of Engineering, underlining their outstanding cross-disciplinary collaborations.
In spite of serious challenges due the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, our Institute has adapted to the situation and maintained important activities. This was a strong reflection of the resilience of the Institute, its faculty, students and staff. We continued to maintain a robust FIP Seminar Series with invited lectures from distinguished guests in the US and abroad using the remote online format. We have also organized a Friday Breakfast Series, where students and faculty are invited to participate.
A highlight of our activities was the 2021 FIP Virtual Symposium with the Keynote Lecture presented by Dr. Rainer Weiss, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Physics, who delivered the keynote lecture on “The Beginnings of Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Current State and Future”. The meeting also marked our Institute’s celebration of The International Day of Light (IDL) as proclaimed by UNESCO every year on May 16; this special day is dedicated to recognizing the central role of light in many aspects our life ranging from lifesaving medical advances in diagnostics and treatment technologies to light-speed internet connecting communities worldwide and renewable energy sources critical for a sustainable world.
The themes of the 2021 Symposium Special Topics included Advanced Interferometry, Light Technologies and The Brain, and Photonics and Pandemics. Researchers from Duke and many countries including Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland have contributed lectures, posters and panels to the symposium program. The program also included a special K-12 outreach event with light-based technology demonstrations, tutorials and demonstrations on "light painting" and a photo contest open to high school students and the general public.
I invite you to visit our website at fitzpatrick.duke.edu to learn more about our faculty, research programs, and activities.
I send to you my very best wishes for a successful, safe, and enjoyable year.
Director, Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics
R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Chemistry
Duke engineers to lead $7.5 million Department of Defense project to create a “super camera” that can capture and process a wide range of light’s properties
Featuring Maiken Mikkelsen
New technology could speed cancer diagnosis, ensure surgeons remove 100% of a tumor and inspect drugs for dangerous chemicals
Featuring Joel Greenberg
By removing the need for highly trained technicians, the imaging tool could make it easier to diagnose eye diseases outside of specialized clinics
Featuring Joseph Izatt
Long-term data gathered from wearables can quicky indicate illness and other abnormalities in a patient’s health
Featuring Jessilyn Dunn
Streamlined AI immediately and accurately maps activated neurons to help learn how the brain works
Featuring Sina Farsiu and Yiyang Gong
AI vision of flushes enables long-term tracking and management of chronic GI ills
Featuring Sonia Grego
Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Dan Scolnic, Assistant Professor of Physics
Michael Troxel, Assistant Professor of Physics
Chris Walter, Professor of Physics
Third-Year PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
PhD student Enakshi Sunassee is working on a device that could reveal metabolic biomarkers of a cancer’s recurrence
Special Topics: Advanced Interferometry • Light Technologies and The Brain • Photonics and Pandemics
This year's Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics Symposium provided a feast for the eyes and the intellect, drawing around 250 attendees for a celebration of artistic and scientific advances made possible through light-based technologies. The virtual event kicked off on the International Day of Light (May 16) with a talk by John Dudley, chair of the UNESCO IDL Steering Committee, and a K-12 outreach event featuring technology demonstrations, tutorials on "light painting" and a photo contest. Scientific sessions on May 17-18 drew participants from around the world, with lectures, posters and panels by researchers from Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland (and Duke, of course!). Nobel Laureate Rainer Weiss, recipient of the 2021 FIP Pioneer in Photonics Award, delivered the keynote address on gravitational wave astronomy. Visit the 2021 Symposium website to learn more, and watch symposium recordings on YouTube.
Nobel Laureate in Physics 2017
Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edward S. Boyden
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Arts and Sciences, and Biological Engineering
Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Valery V. Tuchin
Head of Optics and Biophotonics Chair
Saratov State University
National Research Tomsk State University
ITMO University, Institute of Precision Mechanics
and Control of the RAS, Russia