PI: Biography and Contact


Stephen Boppart is a Professor and Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.  His Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory is focused on developing novel optical biomedical diagnostic and imaging technologies and translating these into clinical applications.  Prof. Boppart received his Ph.D. in Medical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and specialty training in Internal Medicine.  He has published over 400 invited and contributed publications, delivered over 900 invited and contributed presentations, and has over 50 patents related to optical biomedical imaging technology.  He has mentored over 200 interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate researchers.  He was recognized by MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the Top 100 Young Innovators for his development of medical technology, and with the Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award from the Optical Society of America for dedication and advancement in undergraduate research education.  More recently he received the international Hans Sigrist Prize in the field of Diagnostic Laser Medicine, the IEEE Technical Achievement Award, and the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award.  Prof. Boppart has co-founded four start-up companies to commercialize and disseminate his optical technologies for biomedical imaging and was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Inventors.  He is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, AIMBE, BMES, and IAMBE.  He established and served as Director of Imaging at Illinois, a university-wide program to integrate imaging science, technology, and applications across multiple modalities and fields, and is currently Director of the Center for Optical Molecular Imaging, supported by an academic-clinical-industry partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.  Prof. Boppart has been a strong advocate for the integration of engineering, technology, and medicine to advance human health and our healthcare systems.  He played an active role in the visioning, development, and launch of the new engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently serving as the Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer.


Stephen A. Boppart, M.D., Ph.D.
Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
Professor and Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering
Illinois Co-Director, Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance for Technology-based Healthcare
Director, NIH/NIBIB P41 Center for Label-free Imaging and Multiscale Biophotonics (CLIMB)
Director, GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging   |   Head, Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology   |    Cancer Center at Illinois
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Assistants: Administration (217) 244-8480;  Research Labs and Center (217) 333-8598
Office: (217) 244-7479   |   boppart@illinois_dot_edu   |   Research Lab: http://biophotonics.illinois.edu