Professional

 

Professional employment and positions

Jan 2017 - Present

Associate Head for Academic Affairs

Department of Bioengineering

Departmental administrative responsibilities associated with faculty reviews, promotion, and tenure, faculty mentoring, faculty and staff hiring, and faculty and staff award applications and recognition.

Dec 2015 - Present

Director

Center for Optical Molecular Imaging

Established a collaborative academic-industry research Center sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline for advancing pre-clinical and clinical drug discovery, development, and applications, including clinical human trials in collaboration with Carle Foundation Hospital.

Jun 2013 - Present

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

PhotoniCare, Inc.

Advancing the front-line optical imaging technology in primary care medicine for early screening and diagnostic assessment of the ear, eye, skin, and oral cavity using compact handheld optical coherence tomography scanners.

Sep 2008 - Present

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Diagnostic Photonics, Inc.

Developing intraoperative optical imaging systems for the assessment of surgical tumor margins and lymph nodes using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Microscopy (ISAM).

Aug 2008 - Present

Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Bioengineering

Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Institute for Genomic Biology

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Head, Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory

Research interests and laboratory investigations include developing novel biomedical optical imaging technologies for visualizing molecular, cellular, and

tissue morphology and function; translational imaging research between

University laboratories and hospitals and clinics.

Aug 2008 - Present

Clinical Professor

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Cancer Center 

Department of Internal Medicine

Clinical research interests in technology and innovation in clinical medicine and surgery, medical devices, impact of technology and information in healthcare.

Jul 2008 - Present

Research Scientist

Carle Foundation Hospital

Directing translational imaging research with collaborating physicians in

surgical oncology, otolaryngology, primary care, pediatrics, and critical care.

Aug 2008 - Nov 2015

Director

Imaging at Illinois

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Established a campus-wide cross-disciplinary initiative on imaging science, technology, and application.  Initiative goals include major collaborative efforts with campus faculty, shared user facilities and resources, new educational programs, and initiatives for major equipment and center funding.  Intent is to coordinate efforts for a new campus Imaging Institute.

Aug 2005 - Aug 2008

Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Bioengineering

Department of Internal Medicine

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Institute of Genomic Biology

Neuroscience Program

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Head, Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory

Research interests and laboratory investigations include biomedical optical imaging technologies for visualizing molecular, cellular, and tissue morphology and function; translational imaging research between University laboratories and local hospitals and clinics.

Dec 2006 - Jun 2008

Founding Director

Mills Breast Cancer Institute

Carle Foundation Hospital

Carle Clinic Association

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, Illinois

Developed infrastructure for integrated comprehensive patient care with state-of-the-art research and education in breast cancer.  Efforts included directing construction of new building, hiring staff, coordinating physicians and patient care, and developing a research program.

Apr 2000 - Aug 2005

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Bioengineering

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Institute of Genomic Biology

Neuroscience Program

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Head, Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory

Research interests and laboratory investigations include biomedical optical imaging technologies for visualizing subcellular, cellular, and tissue morphology and function.

Jul 2000 - Jun 2005

Clinical Instructor

University of Illinois

College of Medicine – Internal Medicine

Teaching and education of medical students.  Medical House Officer – Inpatient and outpatient care in internal medicine.

Jun 1998 - Apr 2000

Research Affiliate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Post-doctoral research conducting laboratory and clinical research applying optical coherence tomography to medicine and surgery.

 

Biomedical Engineer

United States Air Force, Civilian

Harvard Medical School, Long-Term Full-Time Training

Completion of educational training in medicine and hospital-based patient care.

Jun 1993 - May 1998

Research Assistant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Doctoral research in biomedical optical imaging instrumentation, laser-tissue interaction, microscopy, and medicine.

Jan 1995 - May 1995

Teaching Assistant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Taught undergraduate electrical engineering course section in Signals and

Systems Theory. 

May 1991 - May 1993

Electrical Engineering, Civilian

United States Air Force, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas

Conducted research on non-linear optical behavior in the eye to establish government and national (ANSI) standards for safe laser use.

Jan 1991 - Jun 1998

Program Candidate

United States Air Force, Palace Knight Program

Civilian educational program intended to increase the number of Ph.D. investigators in research laboratories.    

Aug 1990 - May 1991

Research Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Operation of microfabrication facility equipment for testing and evaluation of neuron-compatible materials.

Jan 1989 - Oct 1990

Research Project Manager

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research on the fabrication of neural microelectrode arrays used to stimulate and record signals from populations.

Jun 1989 - Aug 1989

Research Intern

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Neuroscience Program

Developed technical skills for neural patterning and microelectrode recording.

Nov 1986 - Aug 1989

Laboratory Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Physics

Helped develop and construct sub-atomic particle detectors in the High Energy Physics Research Lab.

 

Professional Affiliations

          

Optical Society of America (OSA) (#76374)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) (#01075522)

International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) (#354513)

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) (#22105)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (#00779245)

American Medical Association (AMA) (#02401001746)

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) (#89091)

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

Society for Neuroscience (#210689166)

Former Member

Society for Molecular Imaging (SMI)

American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)

American Society of Cell Biologists (ASCB) (#8660)

Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI)

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) (#80545)

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) (#00419631)

                                                                                    

                                               

Professional Activities - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

                                                     University Level

                                                            Intercampus Research Initiative in Biotechnology Committee, 2002

                                                            Institutional Review Board (Human studies) Focus Group, 2003

                                                            Faculty Advisor, UIUC Student Chapter, Optical Society of America, 2003-

                                                            Office of Technology Management Advisory Committee, 2003-2009

                                                            Division of Animal Resources Facility Oversight Committee, 2003-2006

                                                            Fulbright Program Interviewer, 2004

                                                            Faculty Senate Representative, 2005-2007

                                                            Senate Educational Policy Committee, 2005-2007

                                                            Neuroscience Program Admissions Committee, 2005-2006

                                                            University Strategic Planning Committee, 2005-2006

                                                            University Honors Commencement Gonfalon Carrier, 2006

                                                            Translational Research Steering Committee, 2006

                                                            Organized Workshop on Molecular Imaging Agents, 2006

                                                            Presider, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Workshop, 2007

                                                            Faculty Steering Committee, Translational Research Seminar Series, 2009

                                                            Vision 2020: Illinois Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Committee, 2010

                                                            Multidisciplinary Innovation Summit, Steering Committee, 2010-2011

                                                            Search Committee for Head, Division of Research Safety, 2010-2011

                                                            Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Working and Advisory Group, 2013-

                                                            Visioning Task Force, 2013

                                                            Graduate College Image of Research Competition Judge, 2014, 2015

                                                            Organizing Committee, Frontiers in Elastography symposium, 2014

                                                            Cancer Center Steering Committee, 2015-

                                                            Office of Corporate Relations Visioning Group, 2016-

                                                            Entrepreneurship Roundtable, 2016-2018

                                                                       

                                                     Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

                                                            BImage 2000, Beckman Foundation Inter-Institute Imaging Workshop

                                                                        Workshop Co-Chair

                                                            Beckman Fellows Program Review Committee, 2003

                                                            Administrative Assistant Planning Committee, 2005

                                                            Program Advisory Committee, 2006-2009

                                                            Co-Chair Advisory Committee, 2008-2010

                                                            Co-Chair, Integrative Imaging Research Theme, 2008-

                                                            Media Advisory Board, 2010-

                                                            Visualization Laboratory Advisory Committee, 2015-

                                                            Biomedical Imaging Center Advisory Committee, 2015-

                                               

                                                     College of Engineering

                                                            UIUC-UIC Intercampus Bioengineering Consortium, 2001-2003

                                                            Bioengineering Dept. Head Search Committee, 2000-2001, 2007-2008

                                                            National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting Comm., 2003

                                                            Course Review Committee (BIOE 202, 476, MSE 472), 2005

                                                            Associate Editor, Illinois Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2005

                                                            College of Engineering Strategic Planning Retreat, 2006

                                                            Ad hoc Committee to Review Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2009

                                                            Executive Committee (alternative member), 2010-2012

                                                            Committee on Endowed Appointments, 2011-2013, 2015-

                                                            Blue Waters Faculty Search Committee, 2012-2013

                                                            Ad hoc Committee to Review Master’s of Engineering degree programs

                                                                        in the Department of Bioengineering, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                     College of Medicine (University of Illinois at Chicago)

                                                            Medical Scholars Program Admissions Interviewer, 2001-

                                                            Resident Physician Recruiting Committee, 2001-2003

                                                            Awards and Recognition Committee, 2002

                                                            Internal Medicine Residency Program Research Committee, 2004-2006

                                                            Research Symposium Poster Judge, 2007

                                                            Medical Scholars (MD/PhD) Program

                                                                        Program Steering Committee, 2008-2015, 2016-2018

                                                            Search Committee – Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, 2012

                                                            Search Committee – Regional Dean, 2013

 

                                                     Carle-Illinois College of Medicine (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

                                                            UIUC-Carle College of Medicine Visioning and Planning, 2014-

                                                            Core Curriculum Committee, 2015-2017

                                                            Engineering Sciences Sub-Committee Chair, 2016-2017

                                                            Research Innovation Committee (Carle-Illinois), 2016-

                                                            Internal Advisory Committee, 2016-

                                                            Curriculum Oversight Committee, 2017-

                                                    

                                                     Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

                                                            Long-Range Planning Committee, 2000-2002

                                                            Bioengineering Area Committee, 2000-

                                                               Chairman, 2005-2007

                                                            Curriculum Committee, 2001-2003, 2008-2009, 2011-2012

                                                             Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee, 2002-2009, 2015-

                                                            Recruited and Supervised Instructional Optics Lab Manager, 2002

                                                            Co-Chairman Qualifying Exam Committee, 2002

                                                            Fellowship Committee, 2003-2005

                                                            Graduate Education Committee, 2005-2007

                                                            Teaching Evaluation and Awards Committee, 2005-2007

                                                            Director, Department Educational Photonics Laboratory, 2000-

                                                            Departmental External Review Presentation, 2008

                                                            Department Head Search Committee, 2009

                                                            Peer Evaluation of Teaching Committee, 2009

                                                            ECE Development and Alumni Relations Committee, 2009-

                                                            Faculty Teaching and Awards Committee (chair), 2012-2013

                                                            Andrew T. Yang Research Award Committee, 2013

                                                            Public Relations Committee, 2016-

                                                    

                                                     Department of Bioengineering

                                                            Faculty Search Committee (chair), 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2016,

                                                                        2016-2017

                                                            Bioengineering Building Design Committee, 2013-

                                                            Internal Advisory Committee, 2015-

                                                            Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2014-

                                                            Institute for Engineering in Medicine Committee, 2014-

                                                            Conflict Management Oversight Committee, 2015-

 

                                                Carle Foundation Hospital

                                                     Scientific Review Committee, 2007-2008

                                                     Research Steering Committee, 2012-2014

                                                     Search Committee, Medical Director, 2015-2016

 

                                                External

                                                     Air Force Office of Scientific Research

                                                            2nd Collaborative Workshop-Ultrashort Pulse Effects

                                                            July 8-9, 1993, San Antonio, TX

                                                            Organizational Committee

 

                                                     Optical Society of America Annual Meeting

                                                            October 14-18, 2001, Long Beach, CA

                                                            Session Presider

    

                                                     Optical Society of America Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics

                                                            May 19-24, 2002, Long Beach, CA

                                                            New Focus Student Award Committee

 

                                                     IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging

                                                            July 7-10, 2002, Washington, DC

                                                            Special Session Co-Chairperson and Presider

 

                                                     Optical Society of America Annual Meeting

                                                            September 29-October 3, 2002, Orlando, FL

                                                            Session Chairperson

 

                                                     Optical Society of America Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics

                                                            May 30-June 6, 2003, Baltimore, MD

                                                            New Focus Student Award Committee

 

                                                     IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology

                                                            25th Annual International Conference

                                                            September 17-23, 2003, Cancun, Mexico

                                                            Track Chairperson, Optical Imaging

                                                            Reviewer, Student Paper Award Competition

 

                                                     IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging

                                                            April 15-18, 2004, Arlington, VA

                                                            Session Committee, Optical Tomography

 

                                                     IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology

                                                            26th Annual International Conference

                                                            September 1-5, 2004, San Francisco, CA

                                                            Track Chairperson, Optical Imaging

                                                            Session Presider

 

                                                     NIH Optical Imaging Workshop

                                                            September 22-23, 2004, Bethesda, MD

                                                            Expert Discussion Panel Member

 

                                                     SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering

                                                            Biomedical Optics – Photonics West

                                                            January 2005, 2006, San Jose, CA

                                                            Program Committee, Coherence-Domain Methods

                                                            and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine IX

 

                                                     European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

                                                            June 12-16, 2005, Neue Messe Munich, Germany

                                                            Program Committee, Optical Coherence Tomography and

                                                            Coherence Techniques, Session Presider

 

                                                     Carle Foundation Hospital and Clinic Association, Urbana, IL  

                                                            Planning Board for Mills Breast Cancer Institute

                                                            Coordinating Research Initiative, 2003-Present

                                                            Director Search Committee, 2005-2006

                                                            Carle Research Futures Steering Committee, 2012-

 

                                                     The 5th International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology

                                                            and Medicine, Wuhan, China, September 1-3, 2006

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                     SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering

                                                            Biomedical Optics – Photonics West

                                                            January 2007, San Jose, CA

                                                            Program Committee for: (1) Coherence-Domain Methods

                                                            and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine IX;

                                                            (2) Optics in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine; and

                                                            (3) Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering

 

                                                     Engineering Council International

                                                            Optics in Biotechnology, Medicine, and Surgery

                                                            June 2007, Naples, FL

                                                            Program Committee and Session Chairman

 

                                                     European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

                                                            June 17-21, 2007

                                                            Executive Organizing Committee

                                                            OCT and Coherence Techniques Program Committee

 

                                                     IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting

                                                            Biophotonics Conference

                                                            Lake Buena Vista, FL, October 21-25, 2007

                                                            Conference Committee Member

 

                                                     SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering

                                                            Biomedical Optics – Photonics West

                                                            January 2008, 2009, San Jose, CA

                                                            Program Committee and Presider for: (1) Coherence-Domain Methods

                                                            and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine X;

                                                            (2) Optics in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine; and

                                                            (3) Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering

 

                                                     International Congress on Biophotonics

                                                            February 4-8, 2008, Sacramento, CA

                                                            National Organizing Committee

 

                                                     SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering

                                                            Photonics Europe

                                                            April 7-10, 2008, Strasbourg, France

                                                            Presider, Student Poster Competition Judge

 

                                                     Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

                                                            October 1-4, 2008, St. Louis, MO

                                                            Session Chairperson and Presider

 

                                                     Engineering Council International

                                                            Optics in Biotechnology, Medicine, and Surgery

                                                            June 28 – July 2, 2009, Burlington, VT

                                                            Conference Co-Chairman

 

                                                     European Conference on Biomedical Optics

                                                            Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques

                                                            June 14-19, 2009, Munich, Germany

                                                            May 22-27, 2011, Munich, Germany

                                                            Conference Program Committee

 

                                                     IEEE Photonics Society

                                                            22nd Annual Meeting (Biophotonics Conference)

                                                            October 4-8, 2009, Belek-Antalya, Turkey

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                            23rd Annual Meeting (Biophotonics Conference)

                                                            November 7-11, 2010, Denver, CO

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                            24th Annual Meeting (Biophotonics Conference)

                                                            October 9-13, 2011, Arlington, VA

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                            25th Annual Meeting (Biophotonoics Conference)

                                                            September 23-27, 2012, San Francisco, CA

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                     NIH/NCI Network for Translational Research

                                                     Multimodal Imaging in Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy

                                                            Invited associate membership

                                                            RFA-CA-08-002, 2008-2013

 

                                                     Optical Society of America

                                                            Biomedical Optics Topical Meeting

                                                            April 11-15, 2010, Miami, FL

                                                            April 29 - May 2, 2012, Miami, FL

                                                            Program Committee

                                                            Elected Co-Vice-Chair for 2014, Co-Chair for 2016

 

                                                     Biophotonics 4 Life Consortium

                                                            Node co-leader for United States – Midwest region

                                                            December 2009 –

 

                                                     Gordon Conference on Lasers in Medicine and Biology

                                                            July 22-27, 2012, Holderness, NH

                                                            Elected Co-Vice-Chair for 2012, Co-Chair for 2014

 

                                                     SPIE/COS International Symposium on Photonics Asia

                                                            Optics in Health Care and Biomedical Optics V

                                                            November 4-7, 2012, Beijing, China

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                     SPIE – International Society for Optics and Photonics

                                                            Biomedical Optics – Photonics West

                                                            January 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 San Francisco, CA

                                                            Program Committee and Presider for: (1) Coherence-Domain Methods

                                                            and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine;

                                                            (2) Optics in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine; and

                                                            (3) Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering

 

                                                     Biophotonic Imaging for Medicine: A Digital Conference

                                                            Photonics Media Conference

                                                            June 11, 2015

                                                            Organizing Co-Chair and Program Committee

 

                                                     Frontiers and Challenges in Laser-Based Biological Microscopy

                                                            Telluride Research Science Center Workshop   

                                                            August 3-7, 2015, Telluride, CO

                                                            July 31 – August 3, 2017, Telluride, CO

                                                            Organizing Committee

 

                                                     Optical Society of America

                                                            Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award Committee

                                                             2016-2017

 

                                                     SPIE Photonics Asia

                                                            October 12-14, 2016, Beijing, China

                                                            Program Committee

 

                                                     5th International Conference on Biophotonics (ICOB)

                                                            April 30 – May 1, 2017, Perth, Australia

                                                            International Advisory Committee

                                                            Session Presider

 

                                                     Optical Society of America – Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)

                                                            May 14-19, 2017, San Jose, CA

                                                            Symposium Co-Chair

 

                                                     European Conference on Biomedical Optics

                                                            June 25-29, 2017, Munich, Germany

                                                            Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques

                                                            Conference Co-Chair

 

                                                     IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Fellows Committee

                                                            Committee member, 2017-2018