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BME Seminar: Audrey Bowden, PhD

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, 218
6760 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA

Presenting on "R.A.P.I.D. Technologies to Improve Healthcare Accessibility"

Audrey Bowden, PhD, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor's Faculty Fellow and associate professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt, will speak at 10:00 CST on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Whitaker 218.

Article 3 of the universal declaration of human rights states, "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Accessible healthcare is thus critical to preserving the quality of one’s basic human rights; yet, the inequities of healthcare access plague populations living in both rich and poor countries alike. Perhaps nothing has so demonstrated the disparities in healthcare access and outcomes on both a global and local scale as our world’s current fight against COVID-19 and its many variants. The Bowden Biomedical Optics group aims to develop and deploy novel optical technologies to solve interdisciplinary challenges in the clinical and basic sciences. In short, we use light to image life -- and in so doing, illuminate new paths to better disease diagnosis, management and treatment. In this talk, I will discuss our recent efforts to develop Reliable, Affordable, Portable, Intuitive and Disruptive (RAPID) technologies that aim to improve access to healthcare and clinical research by lowering the barriers of cost, complexity and usability.

Host: Dr.’s Chao Zhou and Lori Setton, Washington University in St. Louis

Parking is available outside of Whitaker Hall in the East End Garage. Click here for the map. If taking the subway, the nearest metrolink stop is Skinker.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology, Medicine & Health

Biomedical Engineering


Event Contact

Mimi Hilburg | mhilburg@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Audrey K (Ellerbee) Bowden is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She received her BSE in EE from Princeton University, her PhD in BME from Duke University and completed her postdoctoral training in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. During her career, Dr. Bowden served as an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore and as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program sponsored by the OSA and SPIE. She is a member of the OSA, a Senior Member of SPIE and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Air Force Young Investigator Award, the NSF 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. Her research interests include biomedical optics, microfluidics, and point of care diagnostics.

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