Eric Tkaczyk of the
Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) and the
Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for
Medicine and Biological Sciences (MNIMBS), has been awarded both a
Fulbright Fellowship and a Whitaker Scholarship. After graduating with the
M.D. and Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) degrees in May 2010, he will use
these awards in Estonia to develop a portable and affordable cataract
Eric was the first Electrical Engineering student to participate in the
Training Program. The goal of this MD/PhD Program is to to provide a
superb and balanced training in science and medicine, and to train physician
scientists primarily for careers in academic medicine with a focus on basic
Dr. Tkaczyk conducted his research with
Prof. Ted Norris, Director of CUOS, and with
Dr. James Baker,
Director of MNIMS. His research was in the area of multiphoton fluorescence,
which is widely used for biomedical microscopy, in vivo sensing, and, with
the use of a newly-developed in vivo flow cytometer developed by Tkaczyk and
his U-M colleagues, for non-invasive blood measurements. His goal for this
research is to further the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer
and other biomedical applications.
He received a Best
Student Paper Award at the Biomedical Optics Symposium (BiOS) of the
Photonics West 2006 Conference for his research. The paper is
available online. The BiOS Symposium is the premier annual international
forum for discussions and announcements of technical/clinical and
educational/pedagogical developments in the use of lasers, optical fibers,
spectroscopic diagnostic techniques and related areas of optical medicine.
More recently, he received first prize in the Student Paper Competition at
the 2007 4th IEEE International Summer School and Symposium on Medical
Devices and Biosensors in Cambridge, England.
In addition to his PhD and MD, Dr. Tkaczyk
received the Rackham Nanoscience and Technology Certificate of Graduate
Studies. He is a member of many professional organizations, and serves as
officer in several. He also is an accomplished dancer, reaching the finalist
level at the National Collegiate Dancesport Championships.
stated that he is honored to be able to develop an affordable technology in
Estonia to assist those who are loosing their eyesight.
About the Awards
is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange
program in the world. It is designed to increase mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Whitaker Scholarship,
another highly prestigious fellowship, enables individuals to
conduct postdoctoral work in the area of biomedical engineering. The
ideally advance an emerging biomedical engineering career, while also
advancing the goal of increased international collaboration in BME.
Posted: May 11, 2010 by
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