Urs Utzinger

Current Position Title: 
Associate Professor
Alternate Position: 
Associate Department Head, Undergraduate Affairs
Phone: 
520-626-9281
Email: 
utzinger@email.arizona.edu

Short Bio

Dr. Utzinger’s lab is developing imaging technology that may one day replace surgical biopsies as a means of diagnosing cancer and other cell abnormalities.  He is an expert on the growth behaviors of ovarian cancer tissue and hopes to use less-invasive optical technology to make an early, accurate diagnosis and to solve the mysteries about its growth by photographing it in living tissue biopsies.  Dr. Utzinger and his team are creating prototypes of devices that can photograph cells as small as 20 microns across, a fraction of a human hair.


Dr. Utzinger collaborates with researchers across the campus and around the world in biomedical engineering, in obstetrics and gynecology in the College of Medicine, in electrical and computer engineering and optical sciences.  He has published widely in the fields of spectroscopy and multispectral digital imaging and holds a series of patents in those fields with his collaborators.

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020