Urs Utzinger, PhD

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Department Head, Undergraduate Affairs
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Associate Professor, Optical Sciences
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Z√ºrich, 1989(dipl. Ing. ETH /M.S., Mechanical Engineering)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Z√ºrich, 1995 (Dr. sc. Tech. /Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering)
Honors and Awards: 
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (100%), Fiberoptic Probes for in vivo Spectroscopy, 1995-1996
  • Swiss Foundation for Medical Biological Scholarships (100%), Optical Spectroscopy for Ovarian Cancer Screening, 1997- 1998
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

Dr. Utzinger’s research focuses is on the development of optical techniques for the early diagnosis of tissue pathologies and monitoring of drug activity. The research group’s vision is to develop new technologies for tissue assessment that will increase performance of diagnosis, that are cost-effective, and that will increase access to health care.

Selected Publications: 

Wang AM, Bender JE, Pfefer J, Utzinger U, Drezek RA. Depth-sensitive reflectance measurements using obliquely oriented fiber probes. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 10(4):44017, 2005

Kirkpatrick ND, Zou C, Brewer MA, Brands WR, Drezek RA, Utzinger U. Endogenous fluorescence spectroscopy of cell suspensions for chemopreventive drug monitoring. Photochemistry & Photobiology. 81(1):125-34, 2005

Brewer MA, Utzinger U, Barton JK, Hoying JB, Kirkpatrick ND, Brands WR, Davis JR, Hunt K, Stevens SJ, Gmitro AF. Imaging of the ovary. Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment. 3(6):617-27, 2004

Tumlinson AR, Hariri LP, Utzinger U, Barton JK. Miniature endoscope for simultaneous optical coherence tomography and laser-induced fluorescence measurement. Applied Optics. 43(1):113-21, 2004

Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

 Dana Hariri (MSRP 2013): "Using Clarity to Allow for More Novel Approaches to Neurological Disease."

NIH High School Student Research Program: 
-Kyle Larzelere, Alchesay High School (White River, AZ), 2004
-Jose Ignacio Padillo, San Luis High School, 2007
-Brittany Becenti, Ganado High School, 2008
-Christina Pena, Trevor G Browne High School, 2013
Thursday, March 8, 2018