- BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2003
- MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA, 2007
- PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Nicholas Durr, from the United States, received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. After graduation, he joined the advanced technology development group at Nellcor Puritan Bennett, where he developed medical devices to noninvasively measure local and systemic tissue chromophore concentrations.
He entered graduate school at the University of Texas, Austin as an NSF IGERT Fellow in molecular imaging, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. His doctoral research focused on nonlinear microscopy of biological samples and the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with plasmonic nanomaterials. In 2010, he joined Professor Frangioni’s laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he developed macro-optical systems for image-guided surgery.
Update, Autumn 2015
- Co-founder and part-time employee of PlenOptika, Inc. (Catalyst project Team Eye)
- Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
- Director of the undergraduate program at the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design at JHU, teaching the M+Visión process
- Still a member of Team Colo
“We incorporated Team Eye as PlenOptika, Inc. in 2014 and have been commercializing the QuickSee device through the startup over the last year. We were awarded a 2-year grant from India/US for seed funding, a SBIR Phase I grant that starts this month. We are working hard to release the product as soon as possible—hopefully early 2016.”
“Team Colo was unable to initiate human clinical studies in Madrid, but the technology we developed still has a lot of potential. I will be continuing to develop it as part of my research program at Johns Hopkins.”
“I’m also transitioning to a full-time tenure track position at Hopkins where I will be developing a research program in computational biophotonics.”
“The Fellowship was a life-changing experience for me. The program gave me the training and confidence to start my own projects and to implement them with a clear clinical application in mind. I also made many life-long friends through the program and developed a special affinity for Spanish culture.”