Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Professor and Chair for Bioengineering, Rice University
Dr. Richards-Kortum is Stanley C. Moore Professor and chair of the bioengineering department at Rice University. Previously, at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a professor of biomedical engineering and held the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering No. 10. After receiving a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she received an M.S. degree in physics and a Ph.D. in medical physics.
Dr. Richards-Kortum's research focuses on developing miniature microscopes and spectrometers to enable early detection of precancerous changes in living tissue.
Dr. Richards-Kortum has received several awards, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator; the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow; the Becton Dickinson Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation; the Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor Award, College of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; and the Y. C. Fung Young Investigator Award, Bioengineering Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
She currently serves on the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the National Institutes of Health and directs the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Grant in Optical Biomolecular Engineering funded by the NSF.