Fine Grasp

Dr. Daniel Erenso
Dr. Daniel Erenso

Dr. Daniel Erenso, associate professor, Physics and Astronomy,
 uses an experimental technique that enables him to “grasp” 
individual red blood cells (RBCs) with a laser beam to study
morphology and elasticity by measuring their responses to linear and rotational deformations.

What’s the upside?

Abnormalities in RBC shape or flexibility, which are caused by genetic mutation, can result in sickle cell (SC) diseases.

The prevalence of these diseases in the United States is approximately one in 5,000. The average life expectancy of individuals with SC diseases is 42 for males and 48 for females.

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