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Prof. Sergio Fantini
Sergio Fantini is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. Professor Fantiniís research focus is in the area of biomedical optics, specifically in diffuse near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging of biological tissues. His research laboratory has ongoing projects aimed at non-invasive functional imaging of the brain, the study of optical signatures of peripheral nerve activation, and the development of novel instrumentation for optical mammography.

Prof. Angelo Sassaroli
Angelo Sassaroli is currently a research assistant professor working with Prof. Fantini. He graduated from the University of Florence (Italy) in April 1996. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Electro-Communication in Tokyo, Japan. He has been helping Prof. Fantini in supervising several projects: optical mammography, small-tissue oxygenation measurements, and peripheral nerves studies. He has been particularly involved in brain imaging studies, including data collection and analysis. He has collaborated with McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA on concurrent studies of fMRI and fNIRS. In his free time, he likes running and doing Yoga.

Dr. Jana M. Kainerstorfer
Jana Kainerstorfer is a postdoctoral associate in Prof. Fantiniís lab. She is originally from Vienna, Austria, where she received her M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Vienna in 2007 and her PhD in 2010, from the same department. Her thesis topic was on non-contact multi-spectral imaging of the skin and her dissertation research was performed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Her current work includes optical mammography and optical brain imaging. In addition to Prof. Fantiniís lab, she is working in the lab of Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto on silk optics.
Michele Pierro is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Fantiniís lab. He was born and raised in Turin, a wonderful city in the northern part of Italy. He received both his B.S. and his M.S in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, respectively in 2006 and 2008. Following his great passion for the biomedical field, he started his research experience in muscle skeletal diseases at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Turin. In 2009 Michele moved to the States to start his PhD work at Tufts University in the Diffuse Optical Imaging Group of Professor Fantini. His current project involves the study of functional connectivity of the brain by means of the NIRS technology. In his leisure time Michele likes running and working out. During the winter season he loves skiing.
Pami Anderson is a Ph.D. student in Professor Fantiniís lab. She is from Carlisle, Massachusetts, a small town in the Boston suburbs. For her undergraduate degree she went to Duke University where she studied Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. As an undergrad, Pami did work in an ultrasound lab working with tissue mimicking phantoms. After graduating in 2011, she started at Tufts with an interest in staying in the imaging research field and joined Professor Fantiniís group. She is currently working on the optical mammography system. Pami also loves watching and playing basketball.
Nishanth Krishnamurthy is a Ph.D. student in Professor Fantiniís lab. He is from Acton, Massachusetts, a revolutionary war town in the Boston suburbs. Nishanth completed his undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration on Biomedical Imaging. During his undergraduate degree, Nishanth spent time at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation studying breast cancer using magnetic nanoparticles and 2-D fluorescence. After graduating in 2012, he joined Professor Fantiniís diffuse optics group with an interest in non-invasive diagnostics and breast cancer treatment. He is currently working on the development of a second generation optical mammography system. In his free time Nishanth enjoys playing the guitar and video games, as well as playing a number of sports.

Past Group Members:


Bertan Hallacoglu
PhD, 2013

Roni Cantor-Balan
MS, 2013 

Elleesse Pillas
MS, 2012 

Geethika Weliwitigoda
MS, 2012

Yang Yu
PhD, 2011

Feng Zheng
MS, 2011

Debbie Chen
PhD, 2010

Xiao Da
MS, 2010

Chia Hui Chen
MS, 2009

Mike Coutts
MS, 2009

Asif Khan
MS, 2009

Ning Liu
PhD, 2009

Yungie Tong
PhD, 2008

Rich Matulewicz MS, 2006

Jeff Martin
MS, 2006

Erica Heffer
PhD, 2004

Kathleen Chen
MS, 2003

Shalini Nadgir MS, 2003

Payal Aggarwal MS, 2002

Matthew Hoimes
MS, 2002

Vivian Pera
MS, 2002

Francesco Fabbri Postdoctoral Fellow: 2001-04


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