Gerard L. Coté’s primary research interests include the use of optics for medical diagnostics and biomedical sensing. In particular, the research within his lab focuses on the development of macro-scale to nano-scale biomedical systems and point-of-care devices using lasers, optics and electronics. Some research applications include development of innovative, noninvasive and minimally invasive ways to test blood sugar levels in diabetes; to detect other body chemicals such as cardiac biomarkers for cardiovascular disease or blood toxins such as PCBs or BPA; use of cell phone technology to detect malaria at the point of care; and to monitor perfusion and oxygenation for tissue implants and wearable devices. Coté holds the Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship in Engineering and the James J. Cain Professorship in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. In addition, he is director of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. His research is multidisciplinary and involves several investigators from across the world including medical doctors, life science faculty, faculty from other engineering disciplines, national laboratory staff and industry personnel. He is holder of the James J. Cain Professorship and director of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems at Texas A&M. He earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MS and PhD in bioengineering from the University of Connecticut.
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