Girija Gaur

Girija Gaur  - 2016-17 SPIE Women in Optics Planner

PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University, USA

Girija Gaur

Country of Birth: India
Country of Residence: USA
Educational Background: BE, Electronics & Telecommunications, Pune University, India; MS, Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, USA

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From a very young age I have always been inquisitive about everything around me. As a child I remember being fascinated by the way light reflects off different surfaces differently. Now I realize that the science behind it is in no way trivial! Following my interests, a career in science and engineering just happened naturally.

My current research focuses on developing optical sensors to mitigate CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) threats. This involves the design, fabrication, chemical surface modification, and testing of new micron-scale devices that are capable of transducing the interaction of light with active sensing regions into a measureable output signal. Any presence of a CBRN threat will perturb the light interacting with the active sensing regions causing a change in output signal. Many of these sensing platforms are capable of making in-roads into the emerging field of personalized healthcare through offering portable, low-cost, lab-on-chip sensing solutions for detecting a variety of viruses and disease-specific biomarkers.

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