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Aydogan Ozcan and Michelle Povinelli awarded Grainger Grants

26 March 2012

SPIE Members Aydogan Ozcan (University of California, Los Angeles) and Michelle Povinelli (University of Southern California) have been awarded Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants for their interdisciplinary photonics engineering projects.

The grants of $30,000 each were awarded at the recent National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Ozcan, a Senior Member of SPIE, and  Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard Medical School) were awarded a Grainger Grant to support the demonstration of a computational lens-free imaging platform for high-throughput screening of cells. This platform will allow real-time monitoring of cells in an engineered environment, providing a lower-cost and more effective mechanism for future drug discovery and biological science experimentation.

Ozcan has several papers on related technologies to be presented at SPIE Defense, Security, + Sensing next month.

Povinelli and Roman Stocker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) were awarded a grant for the development of nanophotonic tools focused on measuring motile behavior of microorganisms in response to applied stress. By examining microorganisms' movement while they consume energy, this research will advance understanding of diverse application areas such as ocean ecosystem dynamics and bacterial-borne diseases.

Povinelli's next SPIE paper will be presented at SPIE Optics + Photonics in August, on "Optical trapping of particle arrays via guided resonance modes in a novel photonic crystal lattic."

Read an SPIE Newroom article written by Ozcan's team on their project, and view  an interview with Ozcan on SPIE.tv.

Read the complete NAE press release.