Tsu-Te Judith Su

  • Faculty Affiliation: OSC Professor
  • Research Specialty: Photonics
Assistant Professor of Optical Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Email Address: 
judy@optics.arizona.edu
Mailing Address: 
College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona
1630 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210094
Tucson, AZ 85721-0041
Phone Number: 
520-621-4240
Education: 
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Caltech, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2002
Professional Affiliations and Activities: 
  • Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Femtoray Technologies
  • International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV): Member
  • Materials Research Society (MRS): Member
  • OSA: Life Member
  • SPIE: Life Member
  • University of Arizona Cancer Center: Associate Member
  • Editorial Board, Translational Biophotonics (Wiley-VCH publishing)
Awards and Honors: 
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Light: Science & Applications, 2019
  • George H. Davis Travel Fellowship, University of Arizona, 2019
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional Young Investigator Award, 2019
  • Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation & Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 2018
  • Optical Society of America's Siegman International School Lecturer, 2017
  • Work on single molecule detection was highlighted as one of the top accomplishments in the general field of Optics, Optics & Photonics News, 2016
  • Short Oral Presentation Winner, GTCbio's Cancer Markers & Liquid Biopsies Conference, 2015
  • NIH Training Grant in Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2006-2009
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2005
  • Pademakar P. Lele Best Undergraduate Thesis Proposal Award, MIT, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2001
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Biosensing and imaging
  • Label-free single molecule detection
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Microfluidics
  • Micropatterning of extracellular matrix molecules for cellular control 
  • Optical resonators
  • Using magnetic and optical tweezers to study cellular dynamics
Research Summary: 

Judith Su's background is in imaging, microfabrication and optical instrument building for biological and medical applications. In general, her research interests are to use imaging, sensing and rheological techniques to reveal basic biological functions at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. Recently her work has centered on label‐free single molecule detection using microtoroid optical resonators with an eye on basic research, and translational medicine through the development of miniature field portable devices.

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