Perillo Receives Young Investigator Award for High Resolution Microscope

Evan Perillo, a third-year doctoral student working with Professors Andrew Dunn and Tim Yeh, received the PicoQuant Young Investigator Award at the SPIE Photonics West BiOS Conference.

photo of Evan Perillo

Perillo gave a talk at the conference titled: "Single particle tracking through highly scattering media with multiplexed two-photon excitation."

 Perillo has designed a microscope that tracks and studies the motion of single particles at high spatial, temporal, and depth resolution. He has used the microscope in combination with epidermal growth factor (EGF) molecules, labeled with polystyrene fluorescent nanobeads to track biomolecules in cells.

The device allows researchers to view molecular transport patterns to better detect and diagnose disease. Additionally, the microscope could inform researchers with a better understanding of disease progression and drug delivery.

The microscope is the first of its kind to be able to track biomolecules in vivo.

BiOS is the largest biophotonics and biomedical optics conference.