David D. Nolte is the Edward M Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University performing research in the fields of optical technologies for molecular diagnostics and cancer therapeutics. He received his baccalaureate from Cornell University in 1981, his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, and was a post-doctoral member of AT&T Bell Labs before joining the physics faculty at Purdue. He has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the AAAS. In 2005 he received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award of Purdue University. He has founded two biotech startup companies in the area of diagnostic screening and high-content analysis.