Jansen to receive Caroline and William Mark Memorial Award

Duco Jansen

E. Duco Jansen will receive the Caroline and William Mark Memorial Award in April at the 35th annual conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Jansen, associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering and neurological surgery, was selected for his outstanding contributions to laser technology, his distinguished research career and its impact on the field of laser surgery.

Jansen will deliver the award lecture. His address is titled “Lessons from 25 years of laser-tissue interaction studies: A tale of photons, bubbles and neurons.”

“The Caroline and William Mark Award is actually quite a prestigious award in the ASLMS and the laser-medicine world. It came as a surprise since I didn’t know I was nominated,” Jansen said.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive it, in particular given the list of previous recipients that reads as a ‘who’s who’ in the field over the past 30-plus years. Many of these people I looked up to early in my career, people like Leon Goldman (the ‘father of laser medicine’) and my doctoral and master’s advisers A.J. Welch and Martin van Gemert, and many others.”

Jansen is a core faculty member of the newly announced Biophotonics Center at Vanderbilt, which will focus on cancer photonics, neurophotonics and nano-biophotonics. His research focuses on optical neural interfaces, mechanisms of pulsed laser ablation of biological tissue, and cellular and biochemical responses of biological tissue to laser radiation. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters in addition to 250 conference abstracts and proceedings.

Jansen served as president in 2010 of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He was only the third non-physician in the 30-year history of the society to be elected president. He is a Fellow of the ASLMS, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

He earned a master’s degree in medical biology from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, and a master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Jansen joined the faculty of the biomedical engineering department in January 1997.

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