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Rebecca Richards-Kortum Wins AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award
May 2016
Houston, May 6, 2016 — The American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) presented its highest honor, the 2016 Pierre Galletti Award, to Rice University bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum.

Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Rebecca Richards-Kortum has been awarded the 2016 Pierre Galletti Award for her contributions to global health care and bioengineering technology. Courtesy of Jeff Fitlow/Rice University.

Richards-Kortum was acknowledged for her “global leadership and exceptional innovation in creating the discipline of global-health engineering and pioneering engineering solutions to save countless maternal, newborn and vulnerable lives in resource-limited settings.”

Richards-Kortum directs the Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. Her laboratory in Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative specializes in translating research in nanotechnology, molecular imaging and microfabrication to develop optical-imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable and capable of providing point-of-care diagnoses for diseases ranging from cancer to malaria. Her research has led to the development of 31 patents.

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