Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Program Leader for Cancer Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology & Chemistry Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Dr. Backman's research focuses on optical methods to detect GI cancer at a very early stage without the need for a colonoscopy. He recently discovered optical technology that can be effective in detecting the presence of pancreatic cancer through analysis of neighboring tissue in the duodenum. Researchers hope that this promising new technology could help raise the extremely low survival rate of pancreatic cancer patients by aiding early detection. His studies also include research of the alterations of tissue nano-architecture in carcinogenesis.
Office: Silverman Hall 3627
Email: v-backman [at] northwestern [dot] edu
Office: Silverman 3625
Email: b-keane [at] northwestern [dot] edu