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SPECIAL AMO/QO PHYSICS LUNCH SEMINAR


"Raman-active bioassays for resource-limited settings and Raman-guided photo-nano-medicine"


Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers

ABSTRACT 

Raman spectroscopy is a powerful molecular fingerprinting technique that has delivered many promises, as evident by the spurring industrial growth in Raman market over the last decade. For last several years, our highly collaborative group has been exploring Raman and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for its applications in diverse fields, biomedical & environmental surveillance, national defense & security, and food & forensics. The primary focus of this presentation is to highlight some of the key Raman and SERS technologies that we have developed and our efforts to commercialize them. The biological applications of Raman and SERS will be covered under two categories, 1) Optical biosensor or bioassays for in situ detection in resource-limited settings, and 2) photo-nano-medicine for cancer and brain diseases. Some of the examples of Raman and SERS bioassays and their industrial value proposition that will be presented in this talk include, on-chip SLISA (SERS-Linked ImmunoSensor Assay) “US Patent Pending” developed to protect health of US Army in the event of chemical and biological warfare, and Raman-active forensic swab for US Police for in-field confirmatory testing of illicit drug users and rape victims. Our pioneering efforts in integrating Raman spectroscopy with proprietary magnetic-actuation for Raman-guided on-demand drug delivery to brain space, and multi-modal Raman and photoluminescence imaging and optogenetics for cancer therapy will be discussed. Finally, synergy in our Raman research (biology + photonics) will be introduced to sensitize audience about the market value of the exciting biological applications of cutting-edge Raman technologies developed by TAMU-IQSE.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
IQSE Seminar Room , 12:00 Noon
(578 MPHY)


Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

(Sandwiches, salad, and soda to be served at 11:45 a.m.)

Host: Marlan Scully