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Zhao receives $200,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation

Dr. Yi ZhaoDr. Yi Zhao, Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant entitled “Personal Whole Slide Imaging Device with Liquid Lenses”. The $200,000 award runs from July 15, 2017 – December 31, 2018.

Dr. Zhao collaborated with Dr. Micheal Camp, Executive Directior for Entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of business, and Dr. Anil Parwani M.D a Professor from the Department of Pathology. This project addresses the following technology gaps as it translates from research discovery toward commercial application. The use of composite elastomer-liquid zoom lens greatly simplifies the optical configuration and the overall size of the imaging system. This makes it possible to have the imaging device be portable and work smoothly with mobile personal devices (smartphones and tablets). Given the prevalence of mobile devices, their increasing processing and transmission speeds, and the versatility of mobile apps, the personal whole slide imaging device with liquid lenses is expected to serve as a valuable solution of digital pathology for enhancing research and clinical outcomes.


Congratulations Drs. Zhao, Camp and Parwani!