Graduate students


Danyal Bhutto
Graduate Student

bhutto@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Education: University of Louisville, Bioengineering, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Danyal Bhutto is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. He received his BS in Bioengineering from the University of Louisville in 2018. In undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Ayman El-Baz developing computer-aided diagnostic tools for various diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. He also worked with Dr. Jonathan Kopechek to create double emulsion droplets to study drug delivery in Human cardiac cells. After graduating, he joined Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and worked as an algorithm developer for a year. His area of research is the application of deep learning to improve neuroimaging reconstruction techniques. He is co-advised by Dr. David Boas and Dr. Matthew Rosen at the Martinos Imaging Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Deep Learning, MRI imaging, human cognition and intelligence.


Stephan (Shuaibin) Chang
Graduate Student

shuaibin@bu.edu

EDUCATION
University of Science and Technology of China, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Stephan Chang is a Phd student in Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Boston University. He received his BS in Physics from USTC. In undergraduate, he worked with Professor Jixin Cheng in BU with a Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy Endoscope project and with Professor Bi in USTC with a STORM and light-sheet microscopy project. Now he’s working on a swept source OCT project in the Boas lab. With SS-OCT and other imaging technologies, the team are aiming at whole human brain imaging. Apart from research, he’s also interested in tennis, running, photography and trying to learn rowing, swimming and skiing.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Microscope design and development, microscope control system, machine learning algorithms in image processing.


Jack Giblin

Jack Giblin
Graduate Student

jgiblin@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Georgia Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering,BS

BIOGRAPHY
Jack Giblin is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering. He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech in May 2017 with a minor in computer science. In undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Hang Lu studying spatial and temporal encoding of mechanosensation in C.elegans. Jack will be utilizing the optical imaging tools developed in the lab to study neurovascular changes and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease. MS

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Alzheimer’s, aging, neurovascular coupling, SFDI.


Maria Lennaco
MS Student

mmi@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, BS
Boston University, Neuroscience, BA

BIOGRAPHY
Maria Iennaco is a MS candidate in Biomedical Engineering.  She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering and BA in Neuroscience from Boston University in 2019.  As an undergraduate she worked with Dr. Colón-Semenza in the BU Center for Neurorehabilitation researching therapies for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. In collaboration with researchers at Johnson & Johnson Maria contributed to the development of a device to deliver therapeutic Near Infrared Light to the orbitofrontal cortex of patients with neurodegenerative diseases.  In the BOAS lab she will continue studying photobiomodulation and investigate its potential as a therapeutic technique for stroke recovery.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Neuroengineering, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Brain-Machine Interfaces


Bingxue Liu
Graduate Student

bliu97@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Beihang University, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Bingxue Liu is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. She received her BS in Technology and Apparatus of Measuring and Control from Beihang University in June 2019. In undergraduate, she worked with Professor Jianguo Ma in Beihang University designing a fiber-tip Fabry-Perot interferometry for ultrasound sensing and with Professor Sridhar Krishnaswamy in Northwestern University implementing a polymer waveguide for ultrasound detecting. Now she is working on multispectral photoacoustic tomography (mPAT) project in BOAS’s lab and will integrate mPAT with functional ultrasound imaging technologies to study oxygen delivery and consumption of mice brain.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Photoacoustic tomography, functional ultrasound imaging, image reconstruction, neuroscience


 Antonio Ortega Martinez

Antonio Ortega
Graduate Student

aortegam@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Universidad of Guadalajara (Mexico), Electrical Engineering, BS
Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico), MS

BIOGRAPHY
Antonio Ortega is currently a Biomedical Engineering PhD student. He is an Electrical Engineer from the Universidad of Guadalajara (Mexico) and has a Masters in Optics from the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico). While in Mexico, he worked for several years in industrial applications of light and infrared technology, mainly in quality control through photometry, spectrometry and artificial vision, as well as characterization of thermal materials and phenomena. Later, he immigrated to the United States to work as a Research Engineer at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (in the Massachusetts General Hospital), where he used his previous experience to devise experimental setups to study diverse problems as differential diagnosis of skin conditions or muscle oxygenation of free diving seals. At this position is where he discovered his interest for biomedical engineering, which led him to start a PhD and eventually join the Boas lab, where he is working in a wearable low cost fNIRS system. Among his current interests are the problem of extracting biologically relevant information of in vivo tissue using light spectroscopy, and the data analysis techniques to extract useful information from the experimental data.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Brain-machine interfaces, neurophotonics, instrumentation, data analysis


Joe O’Brian
Graduate Student

wjobrien@bu.edu

EDUCATION

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Biomedical Engineering, BS
Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, MS

BIOGRAPHY

Joe O’Brien is a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computing Engineering. He received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University through dual enrolment. He also received an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University working for Dr. Lee Goldstein researching the effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and its development in a mouse model.  Joe will now be helping to develop wearable, functional near infrared spectroscopy systems.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Neurotrauma. 


Nikola Otic
Graduate Student

notic@bu.edu

EDUCATION
University of South Florida, Electrical Engineering, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Nikola Otic is a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He received his BS on Electrical Engineering from USF in May 2019. In undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Ashwin Parthasarathy on Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy (DCS) and Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy. In the BOAS laboratory he will continue to work on DCS and functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) systems.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy, fNIRS, Biomedical Instrumentation.


De’Ja Rogers
Graduate Student

dejar14@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Norfolk State University, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, BS 

BIOGRAPHY
De’Ja Rogers is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. She received her BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Norfolk State University (NSU) in May 2019. As an undergraduate student, she worked with Dr. Hargsoon Yoon on developing brain computer interface (BCI) technology for amputee and social disorder treatment, as well as optimizing the technology for recreational applications. Now, she is advised by Dr. David Boas and will be working on functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy systems. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Neurophotonics, Brain-Machine Interfaces (BCI), Noninvasive Imaging, Instrumentation, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Brain Injuries


Smrithi SunilSmrithi Sunil
Graduate Student

ssunil@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Case Western Reserve University, Biomedical Engineering, BS

BIOGRAPHY
Smrithi Sunil is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in May 2015. She is a PhD candidate in the BOAS Lab, where she will be applying various optical techniques to characterize changes in cerebral vascular structure, hemodynamics, and neurovascular coupling after stroke. The goal of her project is to study functional recovery after stroke. Prior to her PhD, during her undergrad, she worked with Dr. Jeffrey Capadona on characterizing and improving electrode performance and inflammatory response that result from intracortical microelectrode implants.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Neuroengineering, neurovascular coupling, hemodynamics, stroke recovery, neurophotonics, optogenetics.

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Kuan Cheng Wu (Tony)
Graduate Student

kuan1031@bu.edu

EDUCATION
National Cheng Kung University, BS and MS

BIOGRAPHY
Kuan Cheng Wu is a PhD candidate working on diffuse correlation spectroscopy in BOAS lab. Prior to joining Boston University, he received his B.S and M.S. from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 2015 and 2017. His undergraduate research mainly focused on the engineering aspect of near-infrared spectroscopy. During the period of the master program, he joined the optics division of Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital where he got involved in the research of diffuse correlation spectroscopy to investigate hemodynamics and non-invasive intracranial pressure under Professor Maria Angela Franceschini.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Near-infrared spectroscopy, diffuse correlation spectroscopy

 

 


Jiarui YangJairui Yang
Graduate Student

jryang@bu.edu

EDUCATION
B.S. in Control Science and Engineering, Chu Kochen Honor College, Zhejiang University, China
MS/PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, USA

BIOGRAPHY
Jiarui Yang is a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University. He received his BS in Control Science and Engineering at Zhejiang University in June 2016. During his undergrad he worked with Dr. Chunyue Song and Dr. Quanzheng Li at Massachusetts General Hospital on evaluating the effectiveness of partial volume correction (PVC) on quantification of positron emission tomography images. He also applied PVC on AV-45 PET dataset of Alzheimer’s Disease patients and studied the pathological revolution using population based brain network analysis. He is currently a PhD student in Dr. Boas’ lab, where he will be developing an incorporated system with large-scale polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) and two-photon microscopy. The system is designed for serial sectioning human brain and the goal of this project is to build a cytoarchitectural atlas for whole human brain.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Optical coherence tomography (OCT), Alzheimer’s Disease, computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence in medical imaging.

PUBLICATIONS
Google Scholar list of publications


Sharvari Zilpelwar
Graduate Student

sharz@bu.edu

EDUCATION
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, BS-MS 

BIOGRAPHY
Sharvari Zilpelwar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physics, from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune in 2018. For her masters’ thesis, she studied the spatio-temporal properties of multiply scattered ultra-broadband light under the supervision of Sushil Mujumdar at Tata Insititute of Fundamental Research. In BOAS lab, she is developing a system based on full-field optical coherence tomography to increase the penetration depth of the multiphoton microscope. Additionally, she is involved in building a system for depth-resolved laser speckle imaging.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Microscope Design and Development, Full Field OCT, Laser Speckle