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Adam P. Wax

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Box 90281, Durham, NC 27708-0281
2571 Ciemas, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Optical spectroscopy for early cancer detection, novel microscopy and interferometry techniques.

Selected Grants


Retinal Light Scattering Measurements as a Clinical Biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institute on Aging · 2022 - 2027

Title: NRT-FW-HTF: NSF Traineeship in the Advancement of Surgical Technologies

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEParticipants · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2021 - 2026

Point of care diagnostic for sickle cell disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2026

Duke CTSA (TL1) Year 5

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2018 - 2024

Using AI to develop a red blood cell health index for the monitoring of sickle cell disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by KovaDx · 2021 - 2023

Retinal Light Scattering Measurements as a Clinical Biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institute on Aging · 2022 - 2027

Title: NRT-FW-HTF: NSF Traineeship in the Advancement of Surgical Technologies

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEParticipants · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2021 - 2026

Point of care diagnostic for sickle cell disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2023 - 2026

Duke CTSA (TL1) Year 5

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2018 - 2024

Using AI to develop a red blood cell health index for the monitoring of sickle cell disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by KovaDx · 2021 - 2023

Angle resolved light scattering through a multimode fiber for measuring cell nuclei morphology

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2020 - 2023

Low cost OCT probe for GI applications

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by Lumedica · 2021 - 2022

Analysis of mechanical induction of bioelectric activity in cells

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2019 - 2022

Advanced a/LCI systems for improved clinical utility

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2016 - 2022

Novel Coherence Imaging to Evaluate the Health of the Cervical Epithelium

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2014 - 2021

High throughput cell screening for toxic metal exposure

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2018 - 2020

Deep skin imaging with OCT

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2020

Training in Medical Imaging

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2003 - 2020

Coherent light scattering for early detection of Alzheimer's disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2017 - 2020

Visualization of mechanical stress in live cells

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2016 - 2019

Improving Medical Outcomes Through Needle-Based Optical Sensing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2015 - 2017

Novel Determination of Microbicide PK in Women's Reproductive Health

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2012 - 2017

EAGER: Cell phone enabled spectroscopy

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2016

Coherent light scattering for early detection of retinal disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2013 - 2016

Inhibition of Reflux-Induced Esophageal Adenocarcinoma by Proanthocyanidins

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Medical College of Wisconsin · 2013 - 2016

InCh Microscope: Compact and Portable Quantitative Phase Microscope for Label-Free Morphological Diagnosis of Blood Samp

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by M2 Photonics Innovations · 2014 - 2014

Increased Depth Penetration in Coherence Imaging Using Multiply Scattered Light

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2011 - 2014

MRI: Development of a Hybrid Quantitative Phase Microscope for Live Cell Imaging

EquipmentPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2010 - 2014

Cross-disciplinary Training in Medical Physics

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2007 - 2013

I-Corps: InCh holographic microscope for cell diagnostics

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2012 - 2012

Coherence Imaging for Assessing Colorectal Neoplasia

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2009 - 2012

Molecular Imaging Using Hyperspectral Darkfield Microscope of Nanoparticles

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2007 - 2011

Assessing Deployment of Microbicidal Gels With Label-Free Optical Measurement

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2007 - 2010

In Vivo Detection of Pre-Cancerous Lesions Using a /LCI

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2004 - 2010

Low Coherence Light Scattering for Biophotonics

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2005 - 2010

CAREER: Low Coherence Light Scattering for Biophotonics

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2004 - 2009

Assessing Nuclear Morphology in Thick Tissues Using fLCI

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2006 - 2008

In Vivo Detection of Pre-Cancerous Lesions Using a/LCI

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2004 - 2006

External Relationships


  • Lumedica
  • Lumedica Vision

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