Dec. 4, 2019—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
Oct. 28, 2019—An optical imaging technology developed by Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and her group, in partnership with a medical device company, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 R&D 100 Awards.
Aug. 16, 2019—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering and director of the Biophotonics Center at Vanderbilt University, has been elected to serve as the 2020 vice president of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Mahadevan-Jansen will serve as president-elect in 2021 and as the society’s president in 2022.
Dec. 17, 2018—Ten years after Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anita Mahadevan-Jansen discovered that parathyroid tissues glow under near-infrared light, the FDA has approved a device based on the technology for surgical use.
Nov. 28, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers in the schools of engineering and medicine are exploring the feasibility of using Raman spectroscopy for early detection of HPV-related cancers of the throat in order to reduce the need for biopsies and to offer less intensive therapies.
Jun. 8, 2018—Recent advances in imaging technology are enabling Vanderbilt scientists to gain unprecedented views of how molecules, cells and tissues work together, yielding radical new insights into the causes, treatment and prevention of disease.
Feb. 20, 2018—Engineering professors Sharon Weiss and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen have been named fellows of The Optical Society (OSA), a leading international association for optics and photonics. In addition, Weiss has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.
Take a Chair: A new $30 million investment to support faculty could lead to innovations that will save your life and shape the world’s future
Nov. 21, 2017—In this feature, Vanderbilt Magazine highlights just a few of the wide-ranging research endeavors being undertaken by the university’s current chair holders—from the creation of low-cost, potentially lifesaving materials that can warn of structural failures to discoveries explaining the mechanisms of addiction.
Nov. 16, 2017—Researchers believe they can address problems stemming from heart rate, respiration and digestion by untangling which nerves control which bodily functions and then stimulating them with light.
Feb. 1, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new optical sensor that can accurately detect different types of inflammatory bowel disease and can be easily integrated into routine colonoscopy exams.
Bright Spot: The Biophotonics Center Shines Light on the Intersection of Physics, Engineering and Medicine
Feb. 29, 2016—The Biophotonics Center is a state-of-the-art laser laboratory that serves as a kind of hub of cross-disciplinary research at Vanderbilt. Forty faculty members from across the university and VUMC—working on topics ranging from astrophysics to cancer treatments—have an affiliation with the center.
Mar. 23, 2015—The growing field of biophotonics explores the interaction of biological systems and light, with the aim of finding ways to use light in medical breakthroughs. Funding in biophotonics research at Vanderbilt totals nearly $25 million.