• 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 [...]

  • Computer graphics of red spirals of different shapes

    May 18, 2020

    ‘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

    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

    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

    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 [...]

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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