Rebecca Richards-Kortum is Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and Chair of Bioengineering at Rice University. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and research.
Rebecca’s lab develops inexpensive, portable optical imaging systems that provide point-of-care diagnosis for cancer, pre-cancer, and infectious disease in low-resource settings. These technologies have been applied in the US, Botswana, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Taiwan.
In 2006, Rebecca founded the HHMI-supported program Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB), a minor in global health technologies that has engaged more than 10% of Rice’s undergraduates. Students have designed more than 50 technologies that have been used by physicians in 19 countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. BTB won the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction in 2012.