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ECE Colloquium Series – Professor Hyuck Choo

February 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of the *Eleanore Hale Wilson Lecture Series, ECE is proud to present:

Nanophotonics-Enhanced Intraocular Sensors for Glaucoma Management

Professor Hyuck Choo
California Institute of Technology
Host: Professor Sang-Hyun Oh



Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness with 60 million cases worldwide. An elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) level has been identified as a major risk factor, and all the glaucoma therapies are aimed at lowering the IOP level. Moreover, in a recent large-scale NIH-sponsored study, researchers have found that IOP of an individual patient fluctuates largely over the course of the day, and continuous monitoring and aggressively lowering IOP in a timely manner is crucial for optimal disease management. My research group has been developing a nanophotonics-enhanced implantable pressure sensor with remote optical readout. The sensor is compact for easy implantation, and its operation requires only a broadband light source, such as a tungsten light bulb. Bench testing has demonstrated that the sensor tracks pressures ranging from 0-40 mmHg within ±1 mmHg, and we have been successfully performing short- and long-term in vivo IOP monitoring in live rabbits over four years now. This presentation will describe our nanophotonics-enhanced IOP-sensor development and up-to-date progresses. I hope to leave you convinced that our approach of combining MEMS technologies with nanophotonics and bio-inspiration will eventually allow us to solve the long-standing challenge in glaucoma research and patient management.


Professor Hyuck Choo received B.S. and M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the UC Berkeley, followed by postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and UCSF. He has been an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering at Caltech since 2011. His research interest includes optical microsystems, nanophotonics for nano-scale light confinement, Raman spectroscopy, and their uses in biomedical applications.


*Established in 2009, the Eleanore Hale Wilson Fund supports engineering field leaders for travel to Minnesota to share their expertise and discoveries with University of Minnesota graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The fund also supports the receptions held in honor of each speaker.


February 22, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Keller Hall Annex 3-230
200 Union St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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