Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: Filiz Yesilkoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, April 19, 2024
3:30 p.m.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Room 1110
Darcy Long
301 405 3114

Speaker: Filiz Yesilkoy (ECE Ph.D. '12), Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: Optical Metasurfaces for Biosensing and Bioimaging Applications

Abstract: We are living through a transitional era where more and more decisions affecting our lives are being made by computers enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Specifically, next-generation healthcare systems will greatly benefit from AI tools to improve the diagnostic process with implications for better human health quality and safety. However, extensive datasets reflecting patient health status are needed for AI tools to guide clinicians accurately. This critical healthcare requirement highlights the importance of diagnostic biochemical sensors and bioimaging technologies that are low-cost, reliable, and, most importantly, accessible to diverse population groups for equitable access to high-quality healthcare. My work focuses on developing advanced optical analytical platforms by mastering nanotechnology, plasmonics, and metasurfaces to address the major diagnostic challenges that threaten human health and well-being. In my talk, I will introduce numerous photonic metasurfaces, including plasmonic and all-dielectric approaches, and highlight the unique light-matter interactions that they support for the applications of spectrochemical tissue pathology and COVID-19 immunity screening across broad populations.  

Bio: Dr. Yesilkoy is an assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department of UW-Madison since 2020. Her research interests include nanophotonic systems for developing next-generation diagnostic biosensors and bioimaging systems. Dr. Filiz Yesilkoy received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2012 upon receiving the Fulbright Scholarship presented by the US State Department to academically distinguished individuals. Dr. Yesilkoy was a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Tokyo in Japan before joining UW-Madison in 2020. Her novel contributions are recognized with over 20 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals. She received the NIH NIBIB Trailblazer Award in 2023.

Audience: Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Staff 

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