Rebekah Anna Drezek
Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Drezek’s laboratory conducts basic science, applied, and translational research at the intersection of medicine, photonics, and nanotechnology towards the development of novel in vivo molecular imaging approaches with a focus on screening, detection, and monitoring of breast and ovarian cancer. Over the past five years, her research team has received >$9M in grant support from a variety of agencies including the NIH, NSF, DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, Beckman Foundation, Welch Foundation, Coulter Foundation Translational Research Program, Whitaker Foundation, and others. Her group has active clinical trials of new imaging technologies underway at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Drezek is the principal investigator on a multi-million dollar inter-institutional Rice University and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center project developing needle-based high resolution optical imaging approaches and nanoengineered imaging agents for breast cancer applications and serves as Thrust Director of a NSF Engineering Research Center on IR Technologies for Health and the Environment. Dr. Drezek was named one of the top 100 technology innovators in the world (MIT TR100) in 2004, received the American Association for Medical Instrumentation Career Achievement Award in 2005, the DOD Era of Hope Scholar Award in 2007, and the American Society for Photobiology Early Career Award in 2008. She has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards including the Rice University Graduate Student Teaching and Mentoring Award (2005), Rice Impact Award (2005), Rice Presidential Mentoring Award (2008), and the Rice Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Scholarship (2008).
Co-Chairing the symposium on Bio Nano Materials.