Our goal is to create impactful technologies that improve diagnostics, reduce costs, and increase accessibility to high-quality healthcare.

We utilize concepts from optical engineering, light-tissue interaction, computer vision, frugal innovation, and biodesign to invent new ways to see and treat disease.

Principle Investigator

DurrHeadshotNWK4363Nicholas J. Durr is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from U.T. Austin. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School in 2010 and an independent investigator at MIT from 2011 to 2014 as a Fellow in the M+Vision Consortium. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he was the Founder and CEO of PlenOptika.

Postdoc position available

VectorWEB awarded funding for Zika surveilance

August 10th, 2016|Comments Off on VectorWEB awarded funding for Zika surveilance

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Prof. Acharya funding for his CBID project on monitoring the vector for Zika through cloud-connected ovitraps. VectorWEB is one of [...]

EchoSpine awarded Coulter funding for Deep Needle placement

July 15th, 2016|Comments Off on EchoSpine awarded Coulter funding for Deep Needle placement

DT11 from 2015-2016, led by Nisu Patel, has been awarded a seed grant from the Coulter Foundation for improving deep needle placement. Drs. Durr and Moghekar are the PIs.

CBID Design Day: May 3rd, 2016

May 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on CBID Design Day: May 3rd, 2016

Join us for Design Day tomorrow at 1pm! More information here: http://cbid.bme.jhu.edu/news-events/design-day/ News story here: http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/02/engineering-design-days-2016

Zika Design Challenge

April 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Zika Design Challenge

What: The Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) and Jhpiego invite you to take part in a weekend design challenge to focus in the prevention of [...]

Announcing the first annual CBID Design Competition

March 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Announcing the first annual CBID Design Competition

CBID will host a JHU-wide competition for undergraduate and graduate students involved in medtech design. Details are here.  

Design and clinical evaluation of a handheld wavefront autorefractor

Durr NJ, Dave SR, Vera-Diaz FA, Lim D, Dorronsoro C, Marcos S, Thorn F, Lage E.
Optometry and Vision Science 92:12 2015.
DOI: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000732

Imaging Colonic Surface Topography With Photometric Stereo Endoscopy

Durr NJ, Parot V, Traverso G, Puricelli WP, Vakoc BJ, Nishioka NS, Gonzalez G.
DDW 2014 Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 79:5 2014.
DOI: 10.1016/j.gie.2014.02.676

Feature space optimization for virtual chromoendoscopy augmented by topography


Gonzalez G, Parot V, Lo W, Vakoc BJ, Durr NJ
Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society 17:641-649 2014.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-10404-1_80

From Unseen to Seen: Tackling the Global Burden of Uncorrected Refractive Errors

Durr NJ, Dave SR, Lage E Marcos S, Thorn F, Lim D.
Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering 16 2014.
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-bioeng-071813-105216

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