I am an Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering. Before coming here, I
received a Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s and PhD
in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University with postdoctoral training in
Knoxville at Oak Ridge National Lab. I started at Utah State in August 2013 and love
living in Logan! 

My laboratory has two “thrusts.” With one, my students and I grow cells and tissues in
our lab and watch how they act; sometimes manipulating them to hopefully figure out how
to cure or prevent disease. The other is biophotonics or laser spectroscopy. In this
capacity, we build models of a disease and use biophotonics to test it. We shine light on
nanoparticles and then we see what light is shot back to us and how that changes based on
disease, based on the type of particles we use, and based on if the nanoparticles attach
to certain cells. The light literally “sheds light” into how the disease will work. The
students that study under me work in all these areas and more – everything from detecting
cell surface markers for blood cancers to projects with eventual department of defense


The Effect of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Patch Size on Growth Factor Expression (with CB Peterson, J Morrell-Falvey, ST Retterer, and CP Collier), Biomaterials (2014)

The spatial organization of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells grown in culture was controlled using...


Assessing Variability of In Vivo Tissue Raman Spectra (with IJ Pence and A Mahadevan-Jansen), Applied Spectroscopy (2013)

Raman spectroscopy (RS) has received increasing attention as a potential tool for clinical diagnostics. However,...


Detecting Biochemical Changes that Occur in the Rodent Cervix during Pregnancy using Raman Spectroscopy. (with N Brown, KC Williams, BC Paria, A Al-Hendy, J Reese, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2012)

The goal of this research is to determine whether Raman spectroscopy (RS), an optical method...


Near-Infrared Raman Microspectroscopy Detects High-Risk Human Papillomaviruses (with Y-W Tang, D Khabele, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), Translational Oncology (2012)

Detecting human papillomaviruses (HPVs) infection in cervical cells is an exceedingly important part of the...


Looking Below the Surface of Breast Tissue during Surgery (with A Mahadevan-Jansen, MD Keller, B Caldwell, T-Q Nguyen, NdM Granja, M Sanders, and MC Kelley), Spectroscopy (2011)


In Vivo Detection of Biochemical Differences in the Pregnant Mouse Cervix between Wild Type and COX-1 KO Mice (with CM O'Brien, J Herrington, N Brown, BC Paria, J Reese, and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen), SGI (2014)

In Vivo Raman Spectroscopy Detects Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia with High Accuracy in Diverse Population (with TT Byrd, CM O'Brien, Q Logan, K Khabele, and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen), Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) (2014)

In Vivo Detection of Biochemical Change in the Pregnant Cervix in Humans and Mouse Models (with C O'Brien, N Brown, J Reese, BC Paria, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), SGI (2013)

Characterization of Cervical Tissue from Preterm Labor Mouse Models Using In Vivo Raman Spectroscopy and Ex Vivo Biomechanical Testing (with CM O'Brien, N Brown, BC Paria, J Reese, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting (2012)

Conference Proceedings

In Vivo Raman Spectroscopy as a Clinical Tool to Detect Biomedical change in the Pregnancy Cervix (with CM O'Brien, J Reese, K Bennett, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), SPIE Photonics West (2014)

Developing In Vitro Models of the Sub-Retinal Microenvironment (with C Foster, CB Peterson, JL Morrell-Falvey, ST Retterer, and CP Collier), Proceedings of the 4th Annual Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Conference (2013)

In vivo Raman Spectroscopy of the Skin: Advances and Issues for Clinical Implementation. (with IJ Pence, T-Q Nguyen, C Patil, D Ellis, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), SPIE Photonics West: Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery (2012)

Raman Spectroscopy: an Effective Method of Detecting Biochemical Changes of the Pregnant Cervix (with CN Webb, K Bennett, A Al-Hendy, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), SPIE Photonics West: Biomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy VII: Advances in Research and Industry (2012)

Using Raman Spectroscopy to Study the Onset of Labor: A Pilot Study (with CN Webb, BC Paria, K Bennett, J Reese, A Al-Handy, and A Mahadevan-Jansen), Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems IX - SPIE Proceedings (2011)