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Fan receives NSF grant for disease-detection research

Xudong Fan, assistant professor of biological engineering in the University of Missouri College of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to study how a device he created to amplify light waves can be used to more clearly identify antigens.

Fan, an SPIE Member, has served on the program committee for several SPIE conferences, including Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies at SPIE Photonics West and Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Space, Defense, and Security at SPIE Defense, Security and Sensors. He is scheduled to present a paper at SPIE Optics+Photonics in San Diego in August on the opto-fluidic ring resonator technology he has developed for detecting molecules in the body that indicate disease.

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Fan will receive a $400,000 grant to be given over five years.

Read more about Professor Fan's work on Red Orbit.

Read a report on this work published in the SPIE Newsroom in December 2006.