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Professor Aydogan Ozcan receives 2009 IEEE LEOS Young Investigator Award

November 2008

Assistant Professor Aydogan Ozcan has been selected to receive the 2009 IEEE LEOS Young Investigator Award from the IEEE Society for Photonics. The LEOS Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium of $1000. Professor Ozcan is being recognized for his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization techniques, near-field and on-chip imaging and diagnostic systems.

Professor Aydogan Ozcan joined the department in July 2007. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2005. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, he was appointed as a Faculty Member at the rank of Instructor at Harvard Medical School before joining UCLA in the summer of 2007, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering leading the Bio and Nano-Photonics Laboratory. Dr. Ozcan holds 10 licensed and 9 pending US patents for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. He is also the co-author of more than 60 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. Professor Ozcan's research interests include photonics and its applications to nano and bio-technology, including but not limited to (a) imaging the nano-world, especially in bio-compatible settings; (b) providing powerful solutions to global health related problems such as measurement of the cell count of HIV patients in resource limited settings; (c) rapid and parallel detection of hundreds of thousands of molecular level binding events targeting microarray based proteomics and genomics; and (d) monitoring of the biological state of 3D engineered tissues.

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