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A first in research wins first prize in idea competition

Graduate student, Rui Li, carries the honor of being a member of the First Prize-winning team in the BMEidea competition sponsored by VentureWell. Rui, and his teammates created the MarginPat system, an intraoperative imaging tool based on multispectral photoacoustic tomography.

In collaboration with Dr. Craig Goergen, Rui, for the first time demonstrated three-dimensional, real-time vibrational photoacoustic tomography imaging in deep tissue regime. The MarginPat was built together with Dr. Pu Wang, and Weldon School PhD student, Lu Lan. Using this system, breast surgeons can differentiate cancer and non-cancer tissue with nearly 100% sensitivity, which will help reduce the re-operation rate from 30% down to zero.

Rui Li is also a winner of the prestigious Ronald W. Dollens Scholarship in Life Sciences, which is awarded based on academic merit to graduate students in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University.

He received B.S. degree in optics from Qingdao University in China in 2008, and M.S. degree in optical engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He came to Purdue University on a Ross Fellowship. He got his second M.S. degree in biomedical engineering in 2013, and continued his study to pursue his PhD degree with Dr. Ji-Xin Cheng.