jiaonikolaos-tsoukias5 Patents in 2014-2015 for FIU Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Associate Professors Shuliang Jiao and Nikolaos Tsoukias recently became the fourth and fifth members of the Biomedical Engineering faculty to receive patents in 2014-2015.

Jiao and his co-inventor team received a U.S. patent for special contrast for glaucoma imaging in February 2014. The system is used to analyze and detect early stage damage to the retina related to glaucoma. Glaucoma is a class of ocular diseases resulting from damage to the optic nerve. Left untreated, glaucoma can have serious implications and may result in blindness. Early detection is critical in treating the disease and for preventing its progression. The diagnosis and treatment monitoring for retinal diseases highly rely on noninvasive in vivo imaging technologies. Shuliang Jiao’s lab, the Ophthalmic Imaging Research Lab, is dedicated to the development of novel optical technologies for 3D high resolution imaging of the anatomy and functions of the eye in vivo.

Tsoukias’ patent, organometallic fluorescent sensors for nitric oxide detection and imaging, was issued in December 2014. This patent has significant importance for human health as nitric oxide is recognized as a key signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. Detecting the presence and/or the concentration of nitric oxide will aid in the development of therapeutic and diagnostic products to treat conditions such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and stroke.

These patents highlight a banner year in 2014-2015 for the Biomedical Engineering Department. Ranu Jung, Sharan Ramaswamy, and Anuradha Godavarty each received patents for their work in 2014-2015 totaling 5 patents for the department in that time.

For more information on the faculty’s patents, please visit: https://bme.fiu.edu/category/faculty-achievement/patents/

Nikolaos Tsoukias Dec 9, 2014
Organometallic fluorescent sensors for nitric oxide detection and imaging
US 8906694 B2

Shuliang Jiao Feb 4, 2014
Spectral contrast for glaucoma imaging
US 8641193 B2