Dr. Rouse is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging and Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging Shared Resource. Dr. Rouse's research interest are focused on biomedical applications of optics. His current research involves the development and testing of a multi-spectral confocal microendoscope designed to examine cellular pathology during optical biopsy. As Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging Shared Resource Dr Rouse provides support for various pre-clinical imaging systems including bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging and small animal micro CT.
Dr. Rouse has a long track record in the field of biomedical optics with a focus on small minimally invasive catheter based medical imaging system. Through his early work at the University of Arizona he designed and tested a set of diffraction limited 3 mm diameter miniature lens assemblies that are used by our lab to this day. As a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, he helped develop the state-of-the-art 5 mm diameter confocal microlaparoscope that is currently undergoing a clinical validation study for the detection of ovarian cancer. Dr. Rouse is currently leading a project to develop a new clinical confocal microgastroscope that will image patients with Barrett’s esophagus in an attempt to diagnose early stage cancer. Along the way he has been involved in a wide variety of general imaging projects.