Genevieve D. Vigil

PhD Graduate Student, Department of Electrical Engineering

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247 Fitzpatrick Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Educational Background

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, May 2011

Research interest

Optics and Photonics for imaging and detection. Non-linear optics. Mid Infrared imaging and spectroscopy. Developing world medicine and technology.


SCD Monitoring


Genevieve, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, began engineering studies at Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington while in still in high school through the Running Start program and graduated high school in 2008. For 3 years during high school and college she worked as an engineering intern at Western Technology where she worked on various industrial lighting projects and products. She attended the University of Washington, Seattle, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Instrumentations in 2011. At UW, she spent over 2 years in research in the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) research group under Dr. Karl Bohringer working on various MEMS and microfluidics devices aimed at infectious disease, such as Tuberculosis, diagnosis and developing world applications. She is a recipient of the Mary-Gates Research Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

After undergrad, she spent over a year working at Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue, Washington, where she worked on several optical diagnosis, detection and deactivation projects including Multispectral Angle Resolved Dark-field Imaging (MARDI) technology aimed at automated bacterial identification for febrile disease diagnosis in developing world settings. She has started PhD studies at the University of Notre Dame as a member of the Biomedical Photonics research group under Dr. Scott Howard and is investigating in vivo imaging technologies such as Multi-Photon Micoscopy and Mid-Infared spectroscopy directed toward immunological and neurological monitoring studies of Sickle Cell Disease.


  1. GD Vigil, AJ Adami, T Ahmed et al.; “Label-free and depth resolved optical sectioning of iron-complex deposits in sickle cell disease splenic tissue by multiphoton microscopy,” J. Biomed. Opt., 20(6), 066001 (2015). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.6.066001.
  2. Benjamin K. Wilson, Genevieve D. Vigil “Automated bacterial identification by angle resolved dark-field imaging”, Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 9, pp. 1692-1701 (2013)
  3. A. V. Govindarajan, S. Ramachandran, G. D. Vigil, P. Yager and K. F. Böhringer, “A low cost point-of-care viscous sample preparation device for molecular diagnosis in the developing world; an example of microfluidic origami” , Lab Chip. 2012 Jan 7;12(1):174-81.!divAbstract doi: 10.1039/c1lc20622b