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  • Dr. Alan Fine, VMD PhD


University Research Professor, Departments of Physiology & Biophysics, Medicine (Neurology), and Pediatrics; and School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University 

Research Interests:

Optical methods for biomedical research

Development of point-of-care devices for cancer diagnosis and monitoring

We are developing new diagnostic devices to assist in rapid patient assessment anywhere. Prototype pocket-sized devices from our laboratory can carry out a complete blood count in seconds, using only a droplet of blood from a fingerprick.  Counts of specific subtypes of blood cells can be used for diagnosis and monitoring of a range of leukemias and other disorders, returning results more quickly, cheaply and easily than alternative methods.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Fine is a BHCRI Associate Member





Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, Dalhousie University, 5850 College Street, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2


Fine, A., H. Macaulay and L. Kreplak.  Detecting and using light representative of a sample. USPTO-2013-61/761,467. 

Fine, A. Microscopy imaging.  US 2011/0249109 A1. 

Fine, A., P.H. Gregson and R. Bender.   Microscopy imaging.   US2011/0096157 A1; PCT/US2010/054240;  [Fine, A. Contact optical microscope. USPTO-2009-61/255781.]

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