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Irving J Bigio
IrvingIrving J. Bigio received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1974. From then until 2000 he was a scientific staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico), including service as Leader of the Laser Science and Applications Program (1988-1994). He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel, a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a Guest Fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, England. Dr. Bigio holds a number of patents for biomedical optics instrumentation, and has received three R&D-100 Awards for the development of biomedical optical devices. Since February 2001 he has been at Boston University, where he is Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Physics. Dr. Bigio serves on several government advisory panels and on external advisory boards for companies and academic institutions. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and is a member of the American Physical Society and the SPIE. In addition to other research programs in biomedical optics, Dr. Bigio is currently leading a multi-institutional program under the NIH/NCI Network for Translational Research in Optical Imaging, comprising several medical research centers in the US and Europe.
Ousama A’Amar
Ousama Ousama M. A’Amar, BS in Electronics Engineering in 1989 and received his MS (1993) and PhD (1997) in automatic control and digital signal processing from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL), France. His MS and PhD research work focused on optical biomedical signals; namely Autofluorescence and Induced-Fluorescence for cancer diagnosis and treatment. In 1996, he received the European Diploma in Medical Lasers from the University Nancy I, France and won the Young Researcher Prize of the French Society of Medical Lasers (SFLM). He worked as: Assistant Professor at the department of Biomedical Engineering, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan (1998/1999-2002/2003 – 2005/2006); Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Bioscience Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM (1999-2001). He is currently working as Senior Research Associate at the Biomedical Engineering Department of Boston University, MA (2001- ). He works in the field of biomedical optics. He leads research activities on optical spectroscopy and biomicroscopy for cancer diagnostics including prototyping of clinical devices and serving as liaison for research collaborations with clinical sites at Boston University Medical Center and other clinical research centers in the Boston area.
Katherine Calabro
kcalabro Originally from Rochester NY, Katherine graduated from Penn State with a BS and a MS in Engineering Science in 2005 and 2006, respectively. She brought with her a background in Theoretical Electromagnetics and Modeling when she started at BU in the Fall of 2006. She is now a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department. In the Biomedical Optics lab, she is working on the development and improvement of mathematical tools to model photon transport in tissue. Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband by skiing, biking, and doing home repair projects on the house they just purchased.
Aysegul Ergin
Aysegul_Pic Aysegul Ergin, originally from Istanbul, Turkey, received her BS degree in Electronics Engineering from Istanbul University and her MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul , Turkey. She received her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 2008. Her PhD research work was focused on the development of a laser glucometer, a compact and portable Raman spectroscopy system to detect and quantify glucose concentration in the aqueous humor of the eye to help diabetics. She joined the Biomedical Optics Lab in 2008 as a postdoctoral research associate to work on optical pharmacokinetics, drug extravasation and optical detection of blood-brain barrier disruption in vivo.
Bobby Liu
Bobby LiuWei-Han Bobby Liu received B.S. degrees from MIT in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2007, and his Chemical Engineering M.S. from Stanford University in 2009. He joined the Biomedical Optics lab in 2010, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. His research involves apoptosis detection in mammalian cell cultures via elastic scattering spectroscopy.
Ali Badreddine
IMG_20120803_152107Ali Badreddine graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a degree in biomedical engineering. He has been in the biomedical optics lab at BU for 3 years and is working on imaging action potential propagation in brain slices using a crossed polarization setup to monitor changes in birefringence. This is based on previous research by Kurt Schoener, who showed that these changes are due to electric field-induced changes in birefringence. When he’s not destroying lobsters or rats, Ali enjoys barging in on other people’s fun. And eating food.
Durba Chaudhuri
durbachaudhuriDurba came to USA with M.Sc in Nanotechnology from University College London, U.K and B.E in Electronics and Telecommunication from University of Pune, India. She joined the Biomedical Optics lab in 2011, and is currently pursuing her PhD. She gained diversified research experience on solar cells, nano antenna materials, microbial load reduction in bio fertilizers etc.; working at London Center for Nanotechnology, U.K; Indian Institute of Technology, India and Indian Council of Agriculture Research, India. Apart from her research career she engages herself in Indian classical dancing,photography, travelling and learning new cultures.
Joseph Angelo
joeangeloJoseph earned a B.S. degree in physics from Drexel University in 2010 with research experience in astrobiology at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and a publication in theoretical chemistry under the Dr Karl Sohlberg. After a year of service as an AmeriCorps member, he came to Boston University as an NSF GRFP Fellow and joined the Biomedical Optics lab with Dr Irving Bigio at BU and the Biomedical Optics and Engineering lab with Dr Sylvain Gioux at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2012. His current work focuses on novel wide-field diffused imaging techniques aimed at image guided surgery.
Carlos Segura
carlosseguraCarlos Segura, originally from Juarez, Mexico, received his BS in Mechatronics Engineering in 2009 from his hometown campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM). Before joining to the Biomedical Optics lab in 2012, he acquired experience in manufacturing and R&D industries, focused mostly on instrumentation, tool and fixture design. He is now an MS candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department and his research focuses on developing a brain-implantable probe with optical and electrical capabilities that can be used to characterize the tissue/electrode interface via optical spectroscopy. In his free time, Carlos enjoys practicing archery, playing soccer and doing home projects in the house he recently bought with his wife.


Kerry Lee Andken
head_shot_kerryleeKerry Lee Andken (formerly Anderson) is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She received her B.S. in biomedical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2003. Her research was optical monitoring of tumor angiogenesis. Kerry Lee’s interests include intellectual property law, technology commercialization, and university-industry relations. Kerry Lee enjoys running and ran her first marathon in October of 2008. Her current research involves the detection of tumor angiogenesis.
Christine Mulvey
Photo - MulveyChristine is a graduate student pursuing a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering. She received an S.B. degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 2004. Her current research with the Biomedical Optics Group involves the application of elastic scattering spectroscopy to the detection of apoptosis, a type of cell death important in the treatment of cancer. In her spare time, Christine enjoys playing with her family, cooking, rooting for the Red Sox, and cruising in her Mustang.
Kurt J. Schoener
Kurt-MiamiKurt Schoener received a B.S. in Electrical Computer Engineering and a B.A. in International Affairs in 2002 from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.  He completed his Ph.D. in the spring of 2010 in the Biomedical Optics Laboratory in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University.  His doctoral work focused on determining the physiological origins of the action potential-modulated birefringence in axons.  Kurt was able to show that the transient electric field of the propagating action potential is resposinble for the observed behavior, which he named Field-induced Changes in Birefringence, or FICB (pronounced ‘fic-bee).  Knowing the source of the optical signal opens many new directions for research in this area.  One of the most exciting directions will be the development of a system capable of mapping the neuronal activity of thousands of neurons simultaneously with single axon resolution.