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Faculty

LIGHT is comprised of 7 faculty members including David Aronoff whose work centers on maternal health and pre-term birth, Oscar Gomez whose work focuses on enteric disease, and David Wright who studies malaria and assay development. From Engineering, LIGHT includes Rick Haselton whose work is directed towards the development of low-resource diagnostics, David Cliffel whose expertise is in the development of diagnostic instruments, and Cynthia Paschal who will coordinate the integration of discovery and development with the classroom. For field deployment and evaluation, Doug Heimburger will coordinate through the international network of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH).

David Wright, Ph.D., Stevenson Professor & Dean of Sciences, Director of Laboratories for Innovations in Global Health Technologies
Dr. Wright’s research interest is the control and elimination of malaria. His current work is focused on the improved sensitivity and specificity of rapid diagnostic tests for asymptomatic malaria.

 

David Aronoff, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine & Director, Division of Infectious Disease.
Dr. Aronoff’s research is focused on maternal-child wellness. His lab studies bacterial infections that complicate pregnancy including perinatal streptococcal infections and postpartum clostridial infections.

 

David Cliffel, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry Associate Professor of Medicine & Director, Division of Infectious Disease.
Dr. Cliffel’s research interests include analytical instrumentation and method development. His current work is focused on the development of analytical instrumentation in microfluidic devices for infectious disease diagnostics.

 

Douglas Heimburger, M.D., M.S., Professor of Medicine & Associate Director for Education and Training in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH)
Associate Professor of Medicine & Director, Division of Infectious Disease. Dr. Aronoff’s research is focused on maternal-child wellness. His lab studies bacterial infections that complicate pregnancy including perinatal streptococcal infections and postpartum clostridial infections.

 

Rick Haselton, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Haselton’s research interests include the development of technologies for diagnostic and research applications at the nano and molecular level. His current works includes approaches for low resource nucleic acid tests for infectious disease, new methods for sample preparation, and designs improved user interfaces for diagnostic devices.

 

Cynthia Paschal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Associate Dean of the VU School of Engineering
Dr. Paschal facilitates study abroad for engineering students in universities around the world. As a biomedical engineering faculty member, Paschal teaches both local and international biomedical service learning courses and directs teams of engineering students to support medical infrastructure and hospitals in Central America.