• Director, Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems
  • Holder of the James J. Cain Professorship I
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Connecticut, 1990
  • M.S., Bioengineering, University of Connecticut, 1987
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1986

Research Interests

  • Dr. Gerard L. Coté holds the Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship in Engineering and the James J. Cain Professorship in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. In addition, Dr. Coté is director of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. His primary research interests include the use of optics for medical diagnostics and biomedical sensing.

    In particular, the research within his lab focuses on the development of macro-scale to nano-scale biomedical systems and point-of-care devices using lasers, optics and electronics. Some research applications include development of innovative, noninvasive and minimally invasive ways to test blood sugar levels in diabetes; to detect other body chemicals such as cardiac biomarkers for cardiovascular disease or blood toxins such as PCBs or BPA; use of cell phone technology to detect malaria at the point of care; and to monitor perfusion and oxygenation for tissue implants and wearable devices.

    The research is multidisciplinary and involves several investigators from across the world including medical doctors, life science faculty, faculty from other engineering disciplines, national laboratory staff and industry personnel.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Fellow of SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics)
  • Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Texas A&M University System Patent Award: Spring 2011
  • AFS Distinguished Achievement Award for Research: Spring 2011
  • The University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers: 2005
  • AFS Faculty Fellow Award: 2004-2005
  • The Mary Jane Kugel Award – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
  • The American Statistical Association Statistics in Chemistry Award: 2002
  • Fellow – 2002: Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices
  • AFS Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching: 2000
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Senior Fellow Award: 2000
  • Outstanding Young Scientist Award - Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and presented by Houston Society of Engineering in Medicine & Biology
  • Outstanding Fellows Advisor Award: 1993, Texas A&M University Honors Program

Selected Publications

  • Malik, B., Pirnstill, C., and Coté, G.L., Dual wavelength polarimetric glucose sensing in the presence of birefringence and motion artifact using anterior chamber of the eye phantoms, Journal of Biomedical Optics, accepted June 2012, V18/N1, 017007, pp. 1-9, January 8, 2013.
  • Akl, T.J., King, T., Long, R., McShane, M.J., Ericson, M.N., Wilson, M., and Coté, G.L., “Performance assessment of an opto-fluidic phantom mimicking porcine liver parenchyma”, Journal of Biomedical Optics, V17/N7, 077008, pp. 1 to 9, July 2012. (PMC3394684)
  • Akl, T.J., Nagai, T., Coté, G.L., and Gashev, “Mesenteric Lymph Flow in Adult and Aged Rats”, American Journal of Physiology (AJP)-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 301, pp. h1828-h1840, August 26, 2011.
  • Cummins, B., Lim, J., Simanek, E.E., Pishko, M.V., and Coté, G.L., “Encapsulation of Concanavalin A/ Dendrimer Glucose Sensing Assay within Microporated Poly-Ethylene Glycol Microspheres”, Biomedical Optics Express, V2/N5, pp. 1243-1257, May 1, 2011.
  • Wang, M., Benford, M., Jing, N., Coté, G.L., and Kameoka, J., “Optofluidic device for ultra-sensitive detection of proteins using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, V6, N3, pp. 411-414, March 2009.