Rice University logoDr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum
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Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory


OverviewGuided by the belief that all of the world’s people deserve access to health innovation, Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum’s research and teaching focus on developing and disseminating low-cost, high-performance global health technologies. The work is translatable and through collaboration has the potential to not only to improve health care in resource-poor settings, but also to decrease health care costs associated with technology adoption in the United States. 

The optical imaging tools developed in her lab are based on quantitative imaging methods and integrate advances in nanotechnology and molecular imaging with microfabrication technologies to provide rapid and robust point-of-care diagnosis. Through multidisciplinary collaborations involving clinicians and researchers at Rice University, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, University of Texas at Austin, the University of Arizona, and the British Columbia Cancer Agency, new technologies are being developed, tested, and applied to improve the early detection of cancers and other global diseases, such as Tuberculosis and malaria, that cause high morbidity and mortality.

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