Officers

Meet our newly elected officers!

20180328-_MTG3409 President – Allison Marn is an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student in the Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory, working under Professor Selim Ünlü. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2013, and spent a few years in industry before returning to pursue her doctorate. Her current research involves developing high-throughput interferometric imaging instrumentation.
DSC_1743 Istfan,Raeef Vice President – Raeef Istfan is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D student working for Darren Roblyer in the Biomedical Optical Technologies Lab (BOT Lab).  Raeef received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University in 2012.  He is interested in the translation of the latest optical technologies into the clinic.  His current research involves using Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy in order to non-invasively detect venous oxygen saturation (SvO2).  Outside of research, Raeef loves to play card games, board games, and video games.
unnamed Treasurer – Timothy D. Weber (Tim) is an engineer by training and focuses on developing new microscopes and imaging methods for the life sciences. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math from Columbia University in 2014. His dissertation research is on improving multiphoton microscopy and developing a new retinal imaging technique. He works for Jerome Mertz in the Biomicroscopy Lab and expects to graduate in 2019.
2015_BOTLab_KavonKarrobi_Cropped Secretary – Kavon Karrobi is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student working for Darren Roblyer in the Biomedical Optical Technologies Lab (BOTLab).  Kavon did his undergraduate degree at Boston University, earning his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2014.  Kavon has conducted research in various fields, with the common thread being applications in cancer research — everything from genetics, to nanotechnology, to biomedical optics.  Kavon’s current research focuses on developing a preclinical multiscale imaging technique that combines diffuse optics with multiphoton microscopy to monitor and better understand the evolution of chemoresistance.  Outside of research, Kavon loves to play soccer, listen to jazz, and carry out STEAM outreach activities.
headshot Webmaster-Anup Tank is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student working in the Biomedical Optical Technologies Lab. Anup received his B.S. from the University of California, San Diego in Nanoengineering. His current research involves using diffuse optics to look at breast cancer tumors hemodynamic changes through the administration of neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
FulyaPic Fulya Ekiz Kanik received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees in chemistry and biotechnology in 2009 and 2012, respectively, from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering in 2015 from University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA. She is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Boston University at the Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory. Her current research focuses on designing interferometric biosensors as sensitive, digital and multiplexed diagnostic platforms for DNA, RNA and protein detection for biomarker detection and virus characterization.
NeginPic Negin Zaraee is an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student working for Professor Selim  Ünlü , in the Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory (OCN lab). She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Shiraz  University, Iran in 2012. Before applying for PhD, she worked as a visiting researcher in Northwestern University and Harvard University. Her current research focuses on utilizing interferometric imaging techniques for detection of biological particles such as bacteria and virus. 
Anahita Pilvar is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. student working for Darren Roblyer in the Biomedical Optical Technologies Lab (BOT Lab). Anahita received her B.S in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2017. Her current research involves using Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging to quantify chromophores concentration with a focus on Collagen measurement.