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Biomedical engineering professor named a Fellow of optics society


Audrey Ellerbee Bowden has been named a Fellow of SPIE, international society for optics and photonics, “for achievements in optical coherence tomography.”

Audrey Bowden

Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has developed several new system designs that advance optical coherence tomography, an imaging technique that provides high-resolution imaging of subsurface tissue structures.

She works with clinicians to apply these new tools for early detection of skin and bladder cancer. She also focuses on developing and deploying low cost point-of-care technologies for rural and resource-constrained global health applications.

“Being named a Fellow is a great honor, and I am in very illustrious company,” Bowden said. “Getting involved in my professional society has been a wonderful way to give back to the scientific community and also make new friends.”

SPIE fellows are honored for their technical achievement and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular.

Bowden is a member of the Optical Society (OSA) and a senior member of SPIE. She has served SPIE on its publications and public policy committees, and as an Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, a program offered by SPIE and OSA. Bowden has served as an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.

Bowden is a Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Air Force Young Investigator Award, a NSF Early Career Award, the Hellman Faculty Scholars Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. She is a former associate editor of IEEE Photonics Journal and a member of numerous professional committees.

Bowden joined the School of Engineering in 2018 as a tenured professor from Stanford University where she was a member of the electrical engineering faculty for eight years.

Bowden received a B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. She completed postdoctoral training in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University.

Contact: Brenda Ellis, (615) 343-6314
brenda.ellis@vanderbilt.edu