Colloquium: Jennifer Barton

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Miniature Optical Endoscopes for Early-Stage Cancer Detection


    With multiple mechanisms of contrast, high sensitivity, high resolution, and the possibility to create miniature, inexpensive devices, light-based techniques have tremendous potential to positively impact cancer detection and survival. Many organs of the body can be reached in a minimally-invasive fashion with small flexible endoscopes. Some organs, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries, require extremely miniature (sub-mm) and flexible endoscopes to avoid tissue cutting. Additionally, some modalities, such as side-viewing optical coherence tomography, are naturally suited to miniature endoscopes, whereas others like forward-viewing reflectance or fluorescence imaging, may require performance tradeoffs. The development of small, robust and fiber-delivered advanced light sources, miniature fiber bundles, and sensitive detectors has aided the development of novel miniature endoscopes. In this talk, I will discuss our recent advancements in endoscope design for multimodality optical early detection of colon and ovarian cancer.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Ph.D. is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona. She serves as Interim Director of the BIO5 Institute, a collaborative research institute dedicated to solving complex biology-based problems affecting humanity. Her past experience includes serving as founding Department Head of Biomedical Engineering, Associate and Interim Vice President for Research, and as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. Her current research focuses on development of miniature multi-modality optical endoscopes for early detection of cancer, including instrumentation design, pre-clinical experiments, and translation to human pilot clinical studies.