Engineering science summer research intern develops super power—learns to see through skin
Undergraduate student Yutian Zhang spent her summer as part of a research team that's developing a laser-based optical system and a special camera that, together, can see through tissue. The team wants to improve medical technology for tissue imaging.
Zhang, a senior undergraduate from China’s Harbin Institute of Technology in China, worked with Simon Fraser University engineering science professor Glenn Chapman through the Mitacs Globalink research internship program.
Chapman's research focuses on using light to see through tissue, with the long-term goal of finding abnormalities such as tumours. Since most light does not damage tissue (X-rays do), the research could, if successful, lead to improved and safer screening for mammograms and brain scans, for example.