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Audrey Bowden - Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN, US

Audrey Bowden

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering | Vanderbilt University


Expert in light-based tools for applications to medicine and biology, including early detection, diagnosis and therapy.






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Audrey K. (Ellerbee) Bowden is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. She received her BSE in EE from Princeton University, her PhD in BME from Duke University and completed her postdoctoral training in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. During her career, Dr. Bowden served as an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore and as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program sponsored by the OSA and SPIE. She is a member of the OSA, a Senior Member of SPIE and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Air Force Young Investigator Award, the NSF Career Award, the Hellman Faculty Scholars Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. She is a former Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Journal and a member of numerous professional committees. Her research interests include biomedical optics, microfluidics, and point of care diagnostics.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Biomedical imaging

Medical Device Design


Biomedical Engineering


Electrical Engineering

Medical Device Clinical Research

Medical Device Development

Education (2)

Princeton University: BSE, Electrical Engineering

Duke University: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering

Selected Media Appearances (1)

Twelve Christian Women in Science You Should Know

Christianity Today  online


Audrey Bowden’s lab at Vanderbilt University uses optics to improve technologies doctors apply in a range of scenarios. One project is developing imaging tools to aid doctors in improving in vitro fertilization outcomes. Another works on brain imaging technology so that researchers can study ADHD in children. “One of the hopes of my field is be able to improve health outcomes,” said Bowden. “We’re trying to build technologies that help doctors detect health problems earlier so (patients) get the treatment they need.”

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