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Prof. Sergio Fantini
Sergio Fantini is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. Professor Fantini's research focus is in biomedical optics, and 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 assessment of cerebral microcirculation, and the development of novel instrumentation for optical mammography. Together with Prof. Irving Bigio, he has co-authored a textbook on "Quantitative Biomedical Optics" for Cambridge University Press.

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.

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.
Thao Pham
Thao Thanh Pham is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Fantiniís lab. She is from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Thao received her BE in Biomedical Engineering from International University VNU in 2014. During her undergraduate degree, she worked with functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy to investigate human brain activities, especially human mental workload. In August 2015, she started at Tufts in Prof. Fantiniís diffuse optical imaging lab with an interest in non-invasive brain imaging for clinical applications. Thao enjoys reading and music in her free time.
Xuan Zang
Xuan Zang is a Masterís student in Prof. Fantiniís lab. She is from Huaian, a small city in the eastern part of China. Xuan achieved her bachelor degree in biomedical engineering at Northeastern University in China. During her undergrad study, she worked as a research assistant in the bio-imaging lab focusing on improving an OCT (optical coherence tomography) system and quantifying cardiac hemodynamic parameters. After graduating in 2014, she directly started her new study at Tufts with the same interest in medical imaging research in Professor Fantiniís group. Currently, she is working on quantifying cerebral hemodynamics at different tissue depths. In her free time, she likes watching movies, reading and singing.

Past Group Members:


Jana Kainerstorfer
Postdoc, 2012-2015

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
Postdoc, 2001-2004


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