Rebekah Drezek

Rebekah Drezek

M.S.E.E., 2000, Ph.D.E.E., 2002
Associate Professor
Rice University

Dr. Rebekah Drezek is an associate professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University where she has served on the faculty since 2002. Prior to joining Rice, she completed her undergraduate work at Duke University where she graduated summa cum laude, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Her lab conducts basic, applied and translational research at the intersection of medicine, photonics and nanotechnology. Her goal in these multiple disciplines is to develop new in vivo molecular imaging approaches to screen, detect and monitor breast and ovarian cancer. Over the past five years, Rebekah’s research team has received more than $10 million in grant support.

Her group has active clinical trials of new imaging technologies underway at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Rebekah 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. She also serves as thrust director of a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment.

Rebekah was named one of the top 100 technology innovators in the world by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology magazine in 2004. She received the American Association for Medical Instrumentation Career Achievement Award in 2005, was invited to present to the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering on nanotechnology in 2006, and was one of three breast cancer researchers recognized as a U.S. Department of Defense Era of Hope Scholar in 2007. Rebekah is a Friend of Alec in support of the Cockrell School and serves on the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Nanotechnology Council and as annual co-chair of a SPIE conference on optical technologies for health and the environment.

Rebekah resides in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband, Sandeep, where they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and playing with their golden retriever, Higgins.

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