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Episode 26: Prof. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen is an Orrin H. Ingram Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, as well as the Director of the Biophotonics Centre and the current 2020 Vice President of SPIE. Her research focuses on application of light and light based systems to solve problems in medicine and biology. She is also a Fellow of SPIE, The Optical Society, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

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I’m applying the physics of fluorescence to solve a problem in medicine, this is when I had my ‘aha’ moment and I fell in love with what I was doing.


Applications of optical techniques for the diagnosis of pathology. Primary research areas involve the use of fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy for cancer and precancer detection.


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