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Prof. Sergio Fantini
Sergio Fantini is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. Professor Fantini's 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. Fantini's 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. Fantini's lab, she is working in the lab of Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto on silk optics.
Pami Anderson is a Ph.D. student in Professor Fantini's 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 Fantini's 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 Fantini's 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 Fantini's 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.
Kristen Tgavalekos is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Fantini's lab. She is from Peabody, a city in the North Shore of Massachusetts. Kristen received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in 2013. During her time as an undergraduate, Kristen worked in a joint lab between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems at Northeastern. Her research focused on novel techniques to detect breast cancer with digital breast tomosynthesis. As a graduate student at Tufts, Kristen has further pursued her interests in medical imaging. She currently works with optical brain imaging to study cerebral hemodynamics. In her free time, Kristen enjoys cooking, reading, and playing the piano.

Past Group Members:


Michele Pierro
PhD, 2013

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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