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Principal Investigator

Xavier Intes

Office: JEC 7036
Phone: 518-276-6964
Fax: 518-276-3035
Bio and CV
Dr. Intes's research focuses on application of optical techniques for biomedical imaging in pre-clinical and clinical settings. His research concentration is on functional imaging of the breast and brain, fusion with other modalities, and fluorescence molecular imaging. At Rensselaer, Dr. Intes will continue to pursue the development of original optical imaging systems and new imaging algorithms, along with the application of these methods to optical molecular imaging problems.

PhD students

Denzel Faulkner

Office: JEC 7037
Denzel's research focuses on the instrumentation and applications of the Mesoscopic Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (MFMT) system. He conducts various oncologic studies in small animals,in vivo , with the MFMT system and performs 3D image reconstructions of functional properties in each study. Additionally, he is implementing an Optical Coherence Elastography (OCE) system which yields both structural and mechanical properties in in vitro specimens.

Marien Ochoa

Office: JEC 7037
Marien's research focuses on the optimization of a single pixel imaging platform. Her research involves comparison of different pattern bases for 2D data acquisition. The study is focused towards comparing the different bases both in fluorescence lifetime imaging and FRET imaging.

Jason T. Smith

Office: JEC 7037
Jason's research is focused on optimizing Macroscopic Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (MFLI) and Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI) parameter measurement and analysis for pre-clinical and surgical application.

Yuanyuan Gao

Office: JEC 7037

Yuanyuan's research currently includes three main projects:

1) Studying the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) onto surgical motor skill level in both short-term and long-term. At the same time, the large-scale cortex activation function changes due to tDCS and tRNS are monitored via functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technique. Based on the behavioral and neurophysical data collected, a neurofeedback model will be set up to enhance the surgical performance in real-time through nueroimaging and neurostimulation techniques.

2) Development of a specially designed Deep Learning model for the prediction of surgical bimanual motor skill level from fNIRS data.

3) Prediction of surgical bimanual motor task learning curves by kernel partial least squares algorithm at the initial learning stage.

Shan Gao

Office: JEC 7037
Shan's research focuses on the development and optimization of instrumentation for a time-resolved Mesoscopic Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (MFMT) system.

Master students


Visiting scholar

Fugang Yang

Office: JEC 7037

Former students

Nattawut Sinsuebphon, PhD student, currently a "Research Scientist" at Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC).

Ruoyang Yao, PhD student, currently a Software Engineer at Bloomberg L.P.

Arun Nemani, PhD student

Qi Pian, PhD student, currently a postdoctoral fellow at in Dr. Sakadzic's lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mehmet Ozturk, PhD student, currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Prevedel's group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany.

Feixiao Long, PhD student, currently post-doctoral researcher at University of Connecticut.

Lingling Zhao, PhD student, currently patent engineer at Fenwick & West LLP.

Andrew Edmans, Master student, currently Lead Biotech Production Specialist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jin Chen, PhD student, currently financial software developer for Bloomberg,NYC.

Vivek Venugopal, PhD student, currently Sensing Hardware Engineer Apple Inc., California.

Monish Pimpalkhare, Master Thesis, currently in the SGP- Siemens Graduate Program, Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, PA.

Michael Finnern, Master Project, currently at Medical school, Tulane University.

Vinay Nath, Master Project, currently at University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston.

Krenar Tasimi, Master Thesis, currently Radar Signal Processing Engineer at Technology Service Corporation, Trumbull, CT.

Nicolas Bethoux, Currently associate engineer at Stryker Orthopaedics.