Light-Based Smart Technologies: From Imaging to Laser Surgery

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

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Azhar Zam, PhD
Associate Professor of Bioengineering
NYU - Abu Dhabi


The necessity for non-invasive, inexpensive, and label-free sensing and imaging modalities to both diagnose and monitor treatment has led to renewed interest in the potential of light-based sensing and imaging. Light-based smart technologies which combine advanced optical methods and artificial inteligents (AI) are used to detect, measure, and quantify what is otherwise invisible to address unmet needs in biology and medicine. In this talk, Dr. Zam will provide an overview of the development of smart devices using novel optical technologies, from early diagnosis to providing real-time feedback for laser surgery. Finally, he will present the latest update on the MIRACLE project and share his insight on developing light-based smart technologies at NYUAD.

In the fall of 2022, Dr. Zam joined NYU Abu Dhabi where he leads the Laboratory for Advanced Bio-Photonics and Imaging (LAB-p). He holds a B.S. from the University of Indonesia, an M.Sc. from the University of Lübeck, Germany, and a Ph.D. from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Before joining NYUAD, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he founded the Biomedical Laser and Optics Group (BLOG) and co-established the MIRACLE II flagship project. Prior to that, he held research positions at the University of Waterloo, the National University of Ireland Galway, the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University), and the University of California at Davis. He has written over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and holds several patents

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