Rebecca Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at Rice University. After receiving a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985, she continued her graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received an MS in Physics in 1987 and a PhD in Medical Physics in 1990. She joined the faculty in Bioengineering at Rice University in 2005. In addition to being named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2002 and 2006, her awards include election to the US National Academy of Engineering (2008).
Dr. Richards-Kortum’s research group is developing imaging systems to enable better screening for oral, esophageal, and cervical cancer and their precursors at the point-of-care. More recently, her group has worked to integrate advances in nanotechnology and microfabrication to develop novel, low-cost sensors to detect infectious diseases at the point-of-care, including cryptosporidium, malaria, and HIV.