UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of engineering Bahram Javidi has been named a finalist for the Berthold Leibinger Innovation Award for his rapid disease identification technology using compact, low-cost optical holographic instruments, including COVID-19 detection.
The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis honors scientists and developers making advancements in the field of laser technology. Javidi is being recognized for applying knowledge of optics and digital holography, and pattern recognition to biomedical issues with real-life applications for under-resourced healthcare systems.
“It’s always an honor to see that your peers value your work and value your contributions,” Javidi says.
Javidi’s technology is a portable, low-cost COVID-19 testing instrument that uses a pinprick’s worth of blood to detect the virus within minutes.
Javidi developed similar testing devices for malaria and sickle cell disease, which are common in under-resourced tropical and subtropical areas. The device picks up on abnormalities in the blood caused by infection.
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Published: June 30, 2021