Tsu-Te (Judith) Su, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 621-6997

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Research Focus: 
Judith Su's background is in imaging, microfabrication and optical instrument building for biological and medical applications. In general, her research interests are to use imaging, sensing and rheological techniques to reveal basic biological functions at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. Recently her work has centered on label‐free single molecule detection using microtoroid optical resonators with an eye on basic research, and translational medicine through the development of miniature field portable devices.

Specific research:
  • Micropatterning of extracellular matrix molecules for cellular control
  • Biosensing and imaging
  • Label-free single molecule detection
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Microfluidics
  • Optical resonators
  • Using magnetic and optical tweezers to study cellular dynamics

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 

NIH Training Grant in Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2006-2009
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2005
Pademakar P. Lele Best Undergraduate Thesis Proposal Award, MIT, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2001

Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 

International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV): Member
Materials Research Society (MRS): Member
SPIE: Member

Academic Information

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Master's Degree: 
Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate School: 
Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA