October 8, 2020
By Jessica MacInnis
Professor Ofer Levi of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME) has been named a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA) for 2021 with the citation “for innovative contributions to miniature optical biosensors, imaging systems, and nonlinear optical devices”.
Professor Levi’s research focuses on developing biomedical imaging systems and optical bio-sensors based on semiconductor devices and nano-structures. He applies these devices to bio-medical diagnostics, in vivo imaging and to the study of bio-molecular interactions.
“The aim of my research is to develop and integrate sensor components into miniature functional bio-sensors and apply them to new biological and bio-medical applications,” says Professor Levi. “It’s exciting to do research in an area with so many impactful applications, like biomedical diagnostics, cancer studies and neurobiology.”
The OSA’s mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. Levi joins more than 2,500 members of the OSA who have been named Fellow since 1959, an honour bestowed to members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business and society.
“I’m honoured to join this group of Fellows who have made remarkable contributions to the fields of optics and photonics,” says Levi. “It’s been exciting to work with my collaborators, colleagues and students over the years on innovative research that could positively impact healthcare and our society.”
The number of OSA members elected to Fellow each year is limited to no more than 10 per cent of the total OSA membership and new Fellows represent approximately 0.5 per cent of the current membership.
“Congratulations to Professor Levi on this significant career milestone,” says Professor Deepa Kundur, Chair of ECE. “As a leader in his field, this recognition of his accomplishments by his peers is richly deserved.”
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