Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) faculty Dr. Jessica Ramella-Roman has been elected to join the Optica Society (formerly OSA) as a Fellow member. Dr. Ramella-Roman is an Associate Professor for the BME department, and her work and research interests are in biophotonics.

The election as Fellow to the Optica Society is a distinction reserved for researchers who have contributed greatly to the advancement of the fields of optics and photonics and is limited to no more than ten percent of its members. Dr. Ramella-Roman is among this year’s list of 129 Optica members from around the world selected for their exceptional contributions to research, business, education, engineering and service to the Society and their community.

In this election, Dr. Ramella-Roman was recognized specifically: “For pioneering contributions to the study of polarized light transport in biological media through experimental and computational approaches.”

Dr. Ramella-Roman and her group of students are currently developing NSF-funded point-of-care wearable devices for individuals with obesity. They are also developing non-invasive devices that use light to determine women’s risks of pre-term labor and working with pregnant women with this technology.

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