Alumni

Evren ErdenerŞefik Evren Erdener, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

serdener@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Hacettepe University, Turkey, School of Medicine, MD (2009)
Hacettepe University, Institute of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry, Neuroscience, PhD (2012)
Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Neurologist (2014)

BIOGRAPHY
Şefik Evren Erdener is a medical doctor of neurology. He received his PhD on neuroscience under mentorship of Professor Turgay Dalkara, with his work on the interactions between cortical spreading depression and headache pathways. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher interested in application of advanced optical imaging techniques to evaluate the hemodynamic and oxygenation mechanisms in cerebral microcirculation and the neurovascular interactions related to neuronal survival. He is utilizing animal models neurological diseases, like stroke and migraine to address clinically relevant problems for understanding pathophysiological mechanisms and developing treatment approaches.

PUBLICATIONS
ResearchGate list of publication


Kivilcim KilicKıvılcım Kılıç, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Scientist

kkilic@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Hacettepe University, Turkey, MD
Hacettepe University, Turkey, Neuroscience, PhD

BIOGRAPHY
Kıvılcım Kılıç is the lab manager for the Neurophotonics Center. She is interfacing with BU faculty, students and fellows helping them utilize the facilities of the Center. She comes from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where she was a postdoctoral fellow working with Anna Devor on studies of neurovascular coupling using two photon microscopy, optogenetics, electrophysiology and awake animal models. Prior to that she received her medical degree and neuroscience PhD from Hacettepe University, Turkey. While at UCSD she established several robust procedures for head fixed microscopy in mice and for multi-modal integration of several devices for investigation of neural networks and neurovascular coupling. She is an excellent communicator and has mentored numerous trainees in the adoption of these complex procedures.

PUBLICATIONS

Google Scholar list of publications


Chang LiuChang Liu
Master Student

lcirene@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Southern Medical University, Biomedical Engineering, China, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Chang Liu is a Master student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering and Economics at Southern Medical University in China in May 2017. During her undergrad she worked with Dr. Hua Zhang on Four-Dimensional cone beam CT reconstruction algorithm. She’s now working in Dr. Boas’ lab for her master project about Laser Speckle Contrast Image on cerebral blood flow measurement.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Optical Imaging, Neuroimaging, neuroscience, computational modeling.


Alexander Von Lühmann, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

avolu@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, BS + MS
Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), Germany, Electrical Engineering + Machine Learning, PhD

BIOGRAPHY
Alexander von Lühmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Boston University Neurophotonics Center and Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH Harvard Medical School. He received his PhD with distinction from Berlin Institute of Technology, where he designed hybrid wearable functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and Electroencephalography (EEG) instrumentation and machine learning based analysis approaches. His research focuses on multimodal diffuse optical instruments and multimodal signal processing towards neurotechnology applications outside of the lab.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
NIRS, fNIRS, TD-DCS, EEG, Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Dmitry PostnovDmitry Postnov, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

dpostnov@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Saratov State University, Russia, Physics, BS + MS
Saratov State Technical University, Computer Sciences, BS
Copenhagen University, Denmark, Medical sciences, PhD

BIOGRAPHY
Dmitry Postnov is a postdoctoral fellow at the Boston University Neurophotonics Center and at the Copenhagen University Biomedical Sciences Institute. He received his MS in Physics at Saratov State University in Russia and PhD in cardiovascular research at the Copenhagen University in Denmark. Dmitry was awarded Edmunds Optic Educational Award in 2015 for his research in laser speckle imaging. His current research project was funded by Novo Nordisk Foundation and is focused on vascular imaging and early diagnostics of diabetes and hypertension.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Laser speckle, OCT, vascular and blood flow imaging, hypertension, diabetes

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Shen NingShen Ning

Graduate Student

sning@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Cornell University, Biology and Society, BA
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, MD/PhD candidate

BIOGRAPHY
Shen Ning is a current PhD candidate in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience. She graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology and Society and a minor in Cognitive Science. Her previous research with Dr. Jan Lammerding at the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology involved elucidating vascular smooth muscle defects in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. She spent her junior year abroad at Oxford University, where she worked on research projects aimed at understanding the basis of working memory under the supervision of Dr. Anna Christina Nobre and Dr. Masud Husain. She joined the Boas lab as a first-year PhD student and will be working to apply optical imaging tools to characterize neurovascular changes in animal models of neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegeneration, OCT, LSI, TPM, memory and cognition.

INTERESTS
Aside from research and medicine, Shen enjoys traveling and is an amateur competitive ballroom dancer.

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Seong-Wook (Sparky) Park, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

sparky@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Changwon National University (South Korea) BS(1998)
Changwon National University (South Korea) MS (2000)
Stevens Institute of Technology, Physics, Ph.D. (2013)

BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Seong-Wook Park joined the Neurophotonics Center and the B.O.A.S. group as a research scientist. Previously he was a senior research engineer at U2MedTek – a start-up company that specializes in building medical devices to diagnose sinusitis. His novel design helped advance the instrument from a research prototype to a commercially available diagnostic tool. Before the start-up, he was a post-doctorial scholar at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) where his work helped develop a stand-off landmine detection system using spectroscopic techniques. He holds two patents in Korea for the unique design of the diagnostic mouth-piece and the laser scanning system in landmine detection.


 Antonio Ortega MartinezL. Nathan Perkins, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

lnp@bu.edu

EDUCATION
University of Southern Californianeuroscience, BS
MIT, Technology and Policy,  MS
Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, PhD

BIOGRAPHY
L. Nathan Perkins is developing, modeling and validating a novel technique to use bundles of optical microfibers to interface with deep brain region, building on his dissertation work in the Lab of Neural Circuit Formation with Professor Tim Gardner. He previously completed a Master’s degree in Technology and Policy at MIT, where he researched network models of emergent behavior in complex organizations. Prior to graduate school, he attended the University of Southern California, finishing in 2007 with a degree in neuroscience, and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer working in South Africa.

Website:
https://www.nathanntg.com/

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Juliette SelbJuliette Selb, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

jjselb@bu.edu

EDUCATION
École Supérieure d’Optique, France, Optical Engineering, MSc
Université Paris-Sud / ESPCI, France, Optics & Photonics, PhD (2002)

BIOGRAPHY
Juliette Selb’s research interests revolve around the development of novel diffuse optical imaging techniques, and their applications to physiological and medical questions. She was an Instructor at the Optics at Martinos, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, until 2017. She worked on instrumentation and algorithms development related to near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), and on the clinical translation of these technologies, notably to brain monitoring in neurocritical care and during cardiovascular surgery. Her work at BU focuses on establishing functional NIRS as a solid, flexible brain imaging modality for a broad range of collaborative studies.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Biomedical optics, diffuse optical imaging, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS), clinical neuromonitoring.

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Camron SnowCameron Snow
Master Student

csnow3@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Western University, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Cameron Snow is a Master’s of Science candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University. He received his BS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada in May of 2017. During the summer times he has worked as a data analyst and programmer for an intraoperative neuromonitoring company, SafeOp Surgical. Throughout his time there, he designed now patented software to filter non-physiological signals from somatosensory evoked potentials. Currently, he is completing his Master’s degree with Dr. Boas where he is helping to produce an open source fNIRS system.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Medical device design, neuroengineering, neurophysiology, algorithm production, software design.

INTERESTS
Apart from research, Cameron enjoys playing music with friends as well as playing ice hockey.